The Mercedes W05 was the most reliable car of the field in pre-season testing and completed a total of 974 laps over the 12 days, the most of any team. This enabled the Brackley-based outfit to switch focus to performance runs and race simulation work before its rivals.
With the Australian Grand Prix just around the corner, Hamilton feels his team is as prepared as it can be for the new season. “I think we’re as ready as we can be for Melbourne and I’m more fired up than ever,” he said.
“With all the changes within the sport and the hard work that’s been going on within the team, I believe this can be our year to really show what we’re capable of. That’s not to take anything away from our opposition, who will be incredibly tough to beat as always, but I feel like I’m equipped with the tools I need to succeed. I can’t wait to get started.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg is similarly optimistic, although he warned that it is risky to predict where the Mercedes team will sit in the pecking order ahead of the season opener. “Overall, I think our winter testing programme went better than expected,” said the German driver.
“Having said that, the first Grand Prix is the first real opportunity to judge how well we have done against our competition. Pre-season doesn’t tell the full story, especially this year with the new regulations. I’m really looking forward to getting the season underway and can’t wait to be back in the car again.”
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