Rather than be wary of it, Lewis Hamilton has welcomed Sebastian Vettel’s record-breaking lap time in testing as he hopes it means Mercedes will have a “race on our hands.”

Vettel posted a new lap record at the Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday, crossing the line with a 1:17.182.

That was almost a second quicker than the previous lap record which had been set by his former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo just 24 hours earlier.

Hamilton has welcomed the competition.

“I hope it is a good time because it means they are strong and we have a race on our hands,” he told Sky Sports.

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