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Hamilton wary of rivals' street smarts in Baku

Sports | Apr 26, 2019
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton is expecting his main rivals to give him a tough time on the demanding streets of Baku at this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The five-time Formula 1 world champion has struggled to master Baku in the past and won last year only after Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas had a puncture when leading with three laps remaining.

This time, Hamilton expects Bottas, and Ferrari, to respond. "It will be interesting," the Briton said. "I'm expecting Valtteri to be quick and I expect the Ferraris to be particularly quick ... I've got to improve on my previous performances."

Baku's tricky track is made up of the season's longest - and very fast - straight and tight corners, some with little run-off and walls.

Bottas, winner of the season opener in Melbourne, has often relished such conditions. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, is a slick street track specialist who won the Baku F2 race from pole in 2017.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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