Lewis Hamilton: 'Red Bull are quickest'

Sebastian Vettel
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Lewis Hamilton tips Red Bull as the fastest car ahead of the final stint of the season.

Departing McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton thinks that Red Bull and not his own team have the strongest car heading into the Japanese Grand Prix.

Despite Hamilton naming the Milton Keynes team as having the best car, he did admit that McLaren are improving and that he can still catch championship leader Fernando Alonso.

"I think the Red Bull's probably the best car," Hamilton told Sky Sports News.

"[They are] a bit better than us. [However] generally I think we've got a very good car. It's improving and it's definitely in the top three.

"[It's] a long way [to catch Alonso], but I've got a lot of faith in this team what they've been doing recently with the upgrades, I really think we have a good chance."

Hamilton is 37 points behind Alonso in the drivers' championship.

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TeamPoints
1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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