Reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton thinks Red Bull are behind Mercedes due to their propensity to make mistakes rather than having a slower car.
With Hamilton and Max Verstappen locked in a monumental battle for this year's world championship, the Englishman leads the driver's championship after the first three rounds of the 2021 F1 championship. The seven-time world champion however believes this has been facillitated mainly due to Red Bull's mistakes which his Mercedes team can't rely on to happen frequently.
"I think they still have performance on us, they're just making a lot of mistakes," Hamilton told Sky Sports. "And we can't continue to rely on that to get the results we are getting."
The Mercedes driver also highlighted how he is in a proper title scrap after two years of by and large being unchallenged.
"This year you're seeing the closest battle we've seen for some time," Hamilton explained.
"You're seeing Max really perform exceptionally well and he has a championship-winning car, without doubt, and a championship-winning team who can really pull off the job this year if we don't do our job.
"I definitely think our experience will help us as we approach our weekends and how we battle back from difficult weekends. And I think from my side, I would like to think that experience will help.
"But at the end of the day you just have to do the job. Minimal mistakes, and reliability is also going to be a big deal this year."
With a further 20 scheduled races to go anything can happen in this year's championship. With both teams committed to developing their 2021 challenger, the battle for this year's championship might well come down to the wire.