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Hamilton feels Mercedes are closer than he expected after practice

Lewis Hamilton has reversed his comments from Wednesday after he was surprised at how well the Mercedes car performed in practice. He said, "we're closer to Red Bull and Ferrari than I expected." The World Champion was adamant on Wednesday that his Mercedes would only be third best this weekend in Monaco. Whilst he averaged around half a second slower than the dominant Red Bull's, he beat both Ferrari's in FP1 and was just a tenth down on Vettel in the afternoon session.  Meanwhile, team-mate Valtteri Bottas seemed to struggle finishing 7th and then 6th in the two sessions.  “I said yesterday the Red Bulls were going to be quick which they were today," a...
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