Lewis Hamilton: 'Red Bull will improve'

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP (L) celebrates on the podium with second placed Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP after the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 30, 2014
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Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton believes that Red Bull are pushing for race wins during the 2014 Formula 1 season.

Lewis Hamilton has said that he expects Red Bull to challenge Mercedes for race wins during the 2014 Formula 1 season.

The 2008 world champion has started from pole position at both of this season's races, clinching victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Briton told reporters: "[Reigning world champion] Sebastian [Vettel] was massively quick. He was applying pressure to Nico [Rosberg] and looking at their pace, their car is just as quick as ours through all the corners, it's just a little bit slower down the straights.

"I have no doubts at all that Renault are going to fix that and when they do, you're going to see a big race between us and the Bulls.

"They still have a fantastic car. I've looked at the GPS, they had the same speed as us through all the corners."

Red Bull have won the constructors' and drivers' titles for the last four years.

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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