‘We never’: Lewis Hamilton fires back after being criticised

Red Bull boast a 208-point lead in the Constructors' Championship over Mercedes after just 10 races.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher has disagreed with a recent suggestion made by Lewis Hamilton, to stop Red Bull’s current domination.

Red Bull have been imperious since the start of the new aerodynamic regulations last season, with the Austrians having won 27 of the last 32 races.

They have so far claimed every race win this season, mostly thanks to reigning World Champion Max Verstappen.

Verstappen has won eight races in 2023, whilst he’s currently on a run of six victories in a row, something which only four other drivers in the history of the sport have ever accomplished.

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Unless something truly extraordinary happens, Verstappen will claim a third Drivers’ Championship this season, with Red Bull set to claim a second consecutive Constructors’ Championship.

As a result, Red Bull could easily switch their attention to their car for 2024, due to the fact they boast a ridiculous 208-point lead over Mercedes.

Schumacher believes Red Bull can easily start prioritising 2024, something he states Mercedes used to do during their dominant spell.

“Red Bull, on the other hand, has the advantage that they know where to go,” Schumacher wrote in his Sky Sports column.

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“They can already concentrate on the coming season. Mercedes did the same thing for years. That was never a revolution, but always just an evolution.”

Hamilton though, isn’t happy with teams being allowed to develop their next car so early in a season, something he insists Mercedes “never” did.

The seven-time World Champion wants to see the FIA police how early a team can start working on the following season, with the Mercedes driver calling for a date to be introduced.

Hamilton has suggested that August 1 could be a date for when teams can switch their attention to the following season, and that it could help stop a single team from dominating “for so long”.

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“We never started as early as them,” Hamilton insisted, as reported by The Express.

“That’s why I’m saying it needs to change – because that’s why you have dominance for so long, and they keep allowing it to happen.

“Ferrari was ahead and the same thing happened there, when Red Bull were ahead with Seb [Vettel] back in the day, they start earlier so they’re always ahead.”