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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton rates Red Bull clean sweep chances

The team could potentially break a long-standing record that Mercedes was close to in 2016.

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Lewis Hamilton has conceded he expects Red Bull to secure victory in each of the final nine races of the season.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit is on a perfect 13 from 13 so far in its bid to become the first F1 team to win every Grands Prix in a single campaign, with McLaren having been closest with 15 of 16 secured in 1988.

The last team to get close to that was Mercedes in 2016 with Hamilton driving alongside that season's champion Nico Rosberg, with the Silver Arrows taking a total of 19 victories out of 21 races.

Red Bull's took 17 victories out of 22 races when dominating last term after facing early competition from Ferrari following the introduction of the new regulations.

Team Principal Christian Horner was quick to point out the team expected Mercedes and Ferrari to catch up following mid-season updates but so far they have failed to materialise into race-winning pace on merit.

The team broke the record for consecutive victories held by McLaren from 1988 with its win at the Hungarian Grand Prix, while Verstappen has said he is unconcerned about the records.

Chances of Red Bull success

Speaking to media including RacingNews365.com, Hamilton said: "There is a high chance that they'll win every race, but we're hopeful that we can challenge them at some point.

"If there was a mistake or mishaps, we will be right there to capitalise on that.

"But in the end, the team hasn't made any this year. So they might win everything, at least at the end of the year we might get closer."

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