Hamilton: This team is just going to continue to improve

Lewis Hamilton before the start of the Monaco GP

Lewis Hamilton before the start of the Monaco GP

Monaco Grand Prix winners Mercedes can triumph again this season and must not let a tyre-testing controversy distract them, Lewis Hamilton said on Friday.

“I really do feel that this team is just going to continue to improve through the year,” the 2008 Formula One World Champion said at a promotional media day for next month’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

“Once we understand these tyres more, which we will eventually get to, then I think another win is definitely on the books,” he told Sky Sports News television.

Mercedes won in Monaco with Germany’s Nico Rosberg, who also secured the team’s fourth successive pole position, while Hamilton finished fourth. The victory was Mercedes’s first since China in April last year.

Nico Rosberg with Lewis Hamilton

Nico Rosberg with Lewis Hamilton

The victory was clouded, however, by the revelation that Mercedes had tested with Pirelli earlier in the month without telling other teams, apparently in breach of the sporting regulations that ban teams from in-season testing.

After a protest by world champions Red Bull and Ferrari, the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) is now considering whether to send the matter to an international tribunal that could impose heavy sanctions.

Mercedes and Pirelli have both denied doing anything underhand or gaining any competitive advantage over rival teams from the Barcelona test.

Lewis Hamilton during Monaco GP weekend

Lewis Hamilton during Monaco GP weekend

“I think it’s important that we just stay focused and don’t be distracted by a lot of stuff that’s around us,” said Hamilton, who made his F1 debut in 2007, the same year McLaren was fined a record $100 million and was excluded from the constructors’ championship for a spying controversy involving Ferrari data.

“It’s so easy to [be distracted], and especially for the drivers and the team when we are at the track,” continued the Briton, who is in his first season with Mercedes after leaving McLaren. “I think it’s important we just keep our minds clear and just keep doing the job at hand.” (Reuters)

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  • Not Bernie

    I guess we can expect Rosberg on the podium more often.

  • That illegal 1000KM test really paid off

    Looks like that illegal 1000 KM test Mercedes did really paid off.

    Mercedes will forever be know as a team of cheaters from now on.

    They should be banned for the rest of this year. Make them park their cars.

  • grat

    Yeah, that test made sure that Mercedes went from being the pre-race favorites for Monaco at the end of the Barcelona GP to being… the pre-race favorites in Monaco.

    They still had high tire degradation, they still had to manage their tires to the Nth degree, and Monaco was once again won from the front row.

    Sure made a big difference to the Mercedes race pace.