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19:00  28 september  2019
19:00  28 september  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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These guys [ Ferrari ] have some crazy speeds on the straights," Hamilton said. "They've got to another level. That old party mode that was talked about us [Mercedes] having , they have something else beyond that… jet mode . "I gave it absolutely everything I had at the end and the team did such a

Ferrari 's Formula 1 engine has a power mode that Mercedes cannot match at the moment, reckons championship leader Lewis Hamilton . Sebastian Vettel's lost victory in Montreal left the lead Ferrari driver 62 points adrift of Hamilton , who is adamant Mercedes has a clear engine deficit to overcome.

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Lewis Hamilton was delighted to split Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel in Russian GP qualifying, admitting that it "could be a lot worse" due to Ferrari's "jet-mode" power advantage on the straights.

Leclerc stormed to his fourth consecutive pole on Saturday, but Hamilton snatched a front-row grid slot from Vettel with a great final Q3 lap.

That was despite Mercedes boss Toto Wolff's claim that Ferrari were gaining "seven to eight tenths" on the Sochi straights.

"It was a tough qualifying session because these guys [Ferrari] have some crazy speeds on the straights," said Hamilton, whose Mercedes team used to be envied for their engine 'party mode' in qualifying.

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Lewis Hamilton believes that Ferrari are currently ahead of Mercedes in terms of power unit performance, and has urged the Silver Arrows team to continue The finish would have seen Ferrari finally break Mercedes’ run of straight victories in every single race so far in 2019.

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ defeat by Ferrari in Bahrain qualifying proves the Prancing Horse has a top engine mode equal to his own team’s. "I guess it ultimately proves everyone who said we had a party mode in the last race wrong " - Lewis Hamilton on Ferrari 's qualifying advantage.

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"They go to another level. That party mode you spoke about us having, they have something else beyond that... jet mode."

Hamilton was not expecting to beat either of the Ferraris due to that power deficit, especially after Mercedes were struggling after Friday practice.

"I gave it absolutely everything I had at the end and the team did a great job just to tinker and push forwards," he said.

"I'm so glad it came together - I wasn't expecting to get on the front row, that's for sure. I'm really, really happy with it."

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Leclerc beat Hamilton by 0.4s, though the Englishman edged out Vettel by a couple of hundredths.

Hamilton added to Sky F1: "It's been a good weekend. We've just continued to work and improve the car - the team's done a fantastic job in trying to understand and trying to progress.

Hamilton shocked by Ferrari surge

  Hamilton shocked by Ferrari surge Lewis Hamilton admitted he did not know where Ferrari suddenly found their Singapore GP pace after being beaten to pole.F1's world champion will start between polesitter Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel at the head of the grid for Sunday's race after a thrilling qualifying session in which Ferrari belied pre-weekend expectations that the battle for honours on the street track would be between Mercedes and Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton reckons Ferrari ’s engine has a power mode that Mercedes cannot reach. Mercedes has won all seven Grand Prix of the season so far. The five-time world champion has taken five of those victories. “They were so quick on the straights,” said Hamilton . “They definitely have another power

Ferrari 's Formula 1 engine has a power mode that Mercedes cannot match at the moment, reckons championship leader Lewis Hamilton . Sebastian Vettel's lost victory in Montreal left the lead Ferrari driver 62 points adrift of Hamilton , who is adamant Mercedes has a clear engine deficit to overcome.

"Yes, you finish the lap which felt great and then obviously we have that deficit to them but still, to split the Ferraris is always a good scenario for us.

"It's kind of cool.. .you've got to be happy with a performance like that from the team. It could be a lot worse."

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Wolff felt Hamilton "extracted everything" from the lap, and also praised the Mercedes team for gaining on Ferrari in other areas than the straights.

"The engineering team really made the most of the package this weekend but against seven, eight tenths on the straight there is only so much you can do," Wolff told Sky F1's Ted Kravitz.

"I'm really happy with the result."

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