Lewis Hamilton ‘grumpy’ over Mercedes contract as doubts cast over F1 star’s future

However, Brundle reckons the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari will be able to claw back some of the deficit.

“Generally, I sense we’re expecting a tighter season,” Brundle wrote in his Sky Sports column.

“The regulations are also hauling back the top teams in terms of the amount of money they can spend, the resource they have and the amount of time they have in the wind tunnel.

“Ferrari, for example, have 12.5 per cent more time in the wind tunnel than Mercedes because they finished sixth in the World Championship last year.

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