Hamilton: Our goal is to win all the time

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Four races into an unprecedented winning streak and Lewis Hamilton admits that he is happy to make critics of his decision to ditch McLaren and join Mercedes eat their words, while setting his mind on winning whenever possible.

At the end of 2012, the critics had said the 2008 world champion was crazy to abandon McLaren in order to replace Michael Schumacher at struggling Mercedes.

Others said he chased the money or the lifestyle, but Hamilton told Marca before winning the Spanish Grand Prix, “People are so quick to reach their conclusions before they know anything. When I made the decision [to leave McLaren], I thought that [success] would be the result.”

Hamilton said that he is referring to Mercedes’ success, not the utter dominance that he is now stamping upon the 2014 championship.

Some, even his old arch-nemesis Fernando Alonso, or the boss of the reigning world champion team Christian Horner, think it is possible Hamilton’s dominant Mercedes W05 will win the remaining 14 grands prix this year.

Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 11 May 2014.

It would be a feat unprecedented in the history of Formula 1. Asked to compare 2014 with 1988, when McLaren won all but one of that year’s grands prix, Hamilton said: “That was definitely an interesting year.

“At the moment I don’t think so,” when told he could repeat or exceed the record in 2014, “but nothing is impossible. We’ll see. That’s our goal - to win all the time.”

If that is the sort of record Mercedes is heading for, it is possible the driver relationship could be as acidic as Ayrton Senna versus Alain Prost.

“It’s not yet! But you never know what can happen,” he added, referring to his teammate Nico Rosberg.

Still, Mercedes are happier at the moment than Ferrari and Red Bull, who have been vocally critical of the 2014 formula.

“It’s easy to complain when things are going wrong,” Hamilton said. “We’ve all done it. McLaren had a bad car in 2009 and we didn’t like the new rules. Red Bull were happy for many years, and now they’re not.” (GMM)

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