Lewis Hamilton is feeling very positive at the end of his second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at the wheel of the team’s brand new W05, while showering his Mercedes team with praise, at the end of day three of Formula 1 preseason testing at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.
“At the moment we’re definitely happy. We’ve shown the strength within this team through all the hard work that’s gone into getting the car here, bouncing back from the issue on Tuesday [from afront wing failure] and then going out there and following up with 97 laps [on Wednesday] and a further 62 today [Thursday].”
“It’s a huge accomplishment for everyone involved. Proving reliability at this stage is crucial and every lap is precious, as this is going to be a seriously challenging year for every team. I’m feeling very positive after these tests and every day on track is another step forwards.”
“There are so many challenges ahead of us in the coming weeks and months that we just have to take those steps one at a time,” added the 2008 Formula 1 World Champion.
Hamilton starts his second season as a Silver Arrows driver, and he continues to be chuffed with his team, “It’s really just incredibly impressive to see the team…we were the first ones out on the first day. Obviously I had a couple of issues with the front wing, but we fixed that.”
“Just by watching all the other teams who haven’t been out – even Red Bull, and you always imagine that the Red Bulls will be doing … as many laps as us with their track record. But obviously they’ve had some issues as well, so it just shows you how difficult and challenging it is for every team,” reflected Hamilton at the end of the day.
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