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Hamilton expecting very close Suzuka showdown

9th October 2019, 14:56 by Dan McCarthy

Lewis Hamilton says he does not know who of Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull will come out on top in the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Briton heads into the race on the back of victory at the Russian Grand Prix, which ended Ferrari's three-race winning streak.

After dominating the first half of the season, Mercedes have been reeled in since the end of the summer break, with Red Bull also making strides.

Hamilton has only won three of the last seven races after winning six of the first eight, though is still in a commanding position at the top of the championship.

However, the 34-year-old admits he does not know what to expect at Suzuka and he says that should form the basis for an exciting race.

"It's going to be awesome," said Hamilton. "Suzuka is incredible, it's one of the most exciting parts of the year, and now so more than ever before because you've got three solid, incredibly fast teams, pushing each other and having the potential to win a race.

"I have no idea who is going to be quickest there. At the moment, Ferraris are quite dominant but maybe it will suit our car a little bit more, who knows? Or the Red Bull, maybe."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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