11 Mar 2011

Hamilton says F1 is going to be close this year

11:36 am on 11 March 2011

Red Bull's Mark Webber has singled out Ferrari as Formula One's team to beat, with Felipe Massa repaying the compliment but hoping the Australian was right.

Sauber's Sergio Perez was quickest on the third day of the final pre-season test in Barcelona although the Mexican's best lap time was a low fuel qualifying simulation on super-soft tyres.

Brazilian Massa was second fastest, however the Ferrari driver completed 132 laps -- the equivalent of a double race distance at the Spanish Grand Prix track, and say the team's latest upgrade was a clear improvement.

Webber was third for the world champions.

McLaren, racing against time to get their car up to speed, didn't test today, their former World Champion Lewis Hamilton believes the championship will be more competitive this year and more teams will challenge Red Bull for the constuctors championship....

the season opens in Melbourne in just over 2 weeks.