Hamilton: Red Bull won't fall off perch in 2014
10 September 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has dismissed suggestions Red Bull Racing might ‘fall off their perch’ next season, adding that as long as Renault don’t do a ‘poor engine’, then the Milton Keynes-based outfit will remain right at the head of the pack.
Next year the sport will switch back to turbo engines and dump 2.4 litre V8s for 1.6 litre V6s. Many within the paddock - and outside the sport - reckon the changes could shake up the order, although Hamilton thinks Red Bull will remain very strong and stressed as much following Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
“No, I don't think it’s going to happen,” Hamilton told British newspaper, The Guardian, when asked if Red Bull ‘might fall off their perch’ in 2014.
“For the next four years coming, unless Renault do a poor engine, I think they'll be quick,” he continued.
“[Chief technical officer] Adrian Newey does a really good job. Even though the car's a lot different next year, I believe you can take some of the things from this car into that car. So their car is still going to be pretty impressive next year.
“I just hope that, whatever the case, we all come out next year with a car we can battle each other with. And fight. One race the other takes points off you and the next race you swap it and change it right to the end, like it was with Felipe [Massa] and myself in 2008 [when I won the title].”
Meanwhile, after a difficult weekend at Monza and after crossing the line in a lowly ninth place, Hamilton is hoping for better in Singapore in two weeks time.
“Singapore is cool. I've had some good races there. I hope when we go there I'll be stronger. I was leading there last time. I'm hoping for a positive race,” Hamilton concluded.