“I don’t recall how close the other seasons were exactly, but I mean this has got to have started off as one of the toughest,” Hamilton continued.
“I think Red Bull, the pace is incredibly strong as you can see. We can’t match them in qualifying right now, that’s a big step for us.
“I thought we could get closer within the race, but that was a little bit too close for my liking.
“The thing is we just don’t know how much better they will be in other places we go to, or how much worse, maybe our car is better in another place then it is here, or maybe it’s worse – we will find out.
“One thing is for sure we’ll work as hard as we can to improve it.”