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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton believes he is capable of holding off the challenge from Red Bull at German GP, although he expects it to be “very hard”.
The Brit made a positive start to his weekend at Nurburgring and managed to secure pole position ahead of Red Bull duo, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton is eager to make up for his disappointment at Silverstone where he started on pole and opened up a comfortable lead before his tyre blew out and he ended up at the back of the field.
The former McLaren man showed real character and determination to stay with it and eventually fought back to claim fourth place and he believes that same attitude will work in Germany.
The 28-year-old will need to work alone for the majority of the race with his team mate Nico Rosberg starting from 11th he will not be able to provide too much help.
Hamilton said: “I anticipate they will both be strong. Of course it will help if we can get into Turn One in the lead and try to hold them behind.
“We have [tyre] degradation issues but I don’t think it’s impossible.
“I think it’s going to be very hard. The Red Bulls have obviously made a step this weekend. I think a lot of teams have made a step forwards.
“Webber said to me that these tyres seem to work really well on his car so I think perhaps they have had, who knows, potentially they have gained a better advantage than we have by switching tyres. His long run was very strong the other day.”