Lewis Hamilton prepares for ‘hardest season’ with new Mercedes

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Triple Formula One universe champion Lewis Hamilton finished a competition stretch before lunchtime on a initial day of pre-season contrast on Monday and, ominously for rivals, pronounced his new Mercedes felt like a winner.

“First impression? It feels good, it feels like final year’s,” a Briton told a scrum of reporters during Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya when a morning event ended.

Mercedes won 16 of 19 races final year, holding both titles, and have triumphed in 32 of a final 38 grands prix.

“It’s unequivocally encouraging,” combined Hamilton after doing some-more mileage than anyone else. “It’s a good pursuit by a team. Usually in a initial day we don’t get that many laps so I’m unequivocally happy.”

Hamilton managed 66 laps — accurately a same series as a Spanish Grand Prix hold during a same circuit — though any apparent problems.

The 31-year-old Briton was not a fastest — Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel led a timesheets — though path times matter reduction than trustworthiness as teams demeanour primarily for coherence over undisguised pace.


Quadruple champion Vettel, in his second deteriorate during Ferrari, did 36 laps.

Hamilton was 0.470 seconds slower than Vettel with Finland’s Valtteri Bottas third quickest in a Mercedes-powered Williams and completing 43 laps.

Despite a clever showing, Hamilton — who has won a past dual championships and is aiming to turn a initial Briton to win 4 universe titles — pronounced a deteriorate starting in Australia on Mar 20 would be tough.

“Every year we have to design it to be harder. In terms of my preparation, I’m scheming for a hardest deteriorate I’ve had so far,” he declared.

Monday was a initial day a new cars had been seen in open with usually Sauber nonetheless to uncover theirs. The Swiss group are contrast with a 2015 automobile and will not have a new one prepared until a second four-day exam subsequent week.

The U.S.-based Haas F1 group done their debut, and triggered a initial red dwindle of a deteriorate when Romain Grosjean’s automobile strew a front wing and marshals were called in to brush adult a debris. Renault returned with their possess team.

Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso, who have nonetheless to finalise their look, took to a lane with a plain blue automobile lacking any branding.