The Brit won the second round of the 2014 season in Malaysia with ease, crossing the line 17 seconds ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg. Despite Mercedes’ current advantage, Hamilton is convinced that Red Bull and Renault will recover and join the title fight.
He also expects Ferrari to challenge, saying the battle for the two championships will hot up later in the year. “I think it’s far too early to rule out anyone [for the championship],” he told media at the Sepang International Circuit after the race.
“Sebastian was massively quick today and was applying pressure to Nico. Looking at their pace, their car is just as quick as ours through the corners and just a little bit slower on the straights.”
“I have no doubts at all that Renault are going to fix that and when they do you are going to see a big race between us and the Bulls. They still have a fantastic car, I’ve looked at the GPS and they are the same speed as us through all the corners. Also, Ferrari are not too far off as well, I think. I think it’s going to hot up at some point during the year.”
The 29-year-old says there is still plenty for Mercedes to improve on: “I am going to keep pushing my team to continue developing and improving the car. There are plenty of places we can improve upon, and I am sure everyone else is doing the same thing. This car was fantastic this weekend. I felt like I got every bit that I needed from it.”
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