2014 F1 Preview: Hamilton more fired up than ever

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes that his Mercedes Formula One team can live up to their advance billing as favourites when the season starts in Australia next week.

“I think we’re as ready as we can be for Melbourne and I’m more fired up than ever,” the 2008 world champion declared on Friday in a preview to the opening race.

“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,” added the Briton, who joined Mercedes last year after his tenure with McLaren.

Lewis Hamilton

“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.”

British bookmaker William Hill has Hamilton as 5/2 favourite for the title with Red Bull’s quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel second at 3/1 and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso listed at 11/2.

Mercedes are 10/11 for the constructors’ championship, ahead of Ferrari on 7/2 and Red Bull at 4/1.

Mercedes have been the most reliable team in testing ahead of a season that introduces major change in the shape of a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems to replace the old 2.4 litre V8.

Lewis Hamilton

The German manufacturer provides engines to four teams, including the works unit which Hamilton drives for, while Renault supplies four teams and Ferrari the remaining three.

Renault, whose engines have powered Red Bull and Germany’s Vettel to both titles for the past four years, have experienced problems that have seriously limited the amount of laps done in testing.

Mercedes finished as overall runners-up last year with Hamilton winning in Hungary.

“Overall, I think our winter testing programme went better than expected,” said Hamilton’s German team mate Nico Rosberg.

“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.” (Reuters)

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  • lulu

    What do we have with the new V6 induction power train. Less down/force due to the exiting of the exhaust not exciting the diffuser as it once did, and the reduction in the front and rear wings. We also have a higher degree of torque from the powertrain over the 2013 aspirated engines, have heard some of the drivers saying that they are entering and exiting corners in gears as high as 5th on some occasions.

    As for the tyres, according to Pirelli testing as concluded that the 2014 tyres blister and grain a lot less and do not have that excessive drop off rate and that the tyres are more durable than in 2013. Surly these parameter are Hamilton specific.

  • A41202813GMAIL

    GO, 44 !

  • Alejandro_85

    Rosberg will probably out do him like last year. Watch out for Nico!

  • A41202813GMAIL

    It Is Not 2011 Anymore.

    GO, 44 !