Lewis Hamilton: 'Red Bull are tough to beat'

Lewis Hamilton
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McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton admits that it is a tough ask to deny Red Bull victory in Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has insisted that McLaren have to keep pushing if they want to have a chance of beating Red Bull in Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.

Hamilton secured third place on the grid in Saturday's qualifying session but he has admitted that they have some way to go if they want to challenge Red Bull on Sunday.

Hamilton told reporters: "It is going to be tough to get ahead of Red Bull. These guys have clearly made a very big step.

"We've got to keep pushing. We are not far off. The race pace for Jenson look good yesterday.

"I'm happy that I got a clear lap and that I was able to put the car as high as possible."

Hamilton is currently in fourth place in the Formula 1 drivers' standings.

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2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
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1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
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4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
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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