March 7th, 2014 (Rosie Baillie). - Heading into the season opener in Melbourne, the Brit feels confident that Mercedes have given him the 'tools' he needs to succeed.
“I believe this can be our year to really show what we're capable of.” Hamilton said.
“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.”
The 2008 World Champion thinks the new rules and regulations will make 2014 an exciting year.
“I'm excited about the new season not just as a driver but as a fan.
“As a fan, you want to see overtaking throughout the field, you want to see different race winners, you want to see the championship go down to the wire... I hope that the changes for this year will make that happen.”
Mercedes covered more kilometers during tested than any other team, tallying up 4,973km across the three pre-season tests.
“I think we’re as ready as we can be for Melbourne and I’m more fired up than ever.”
Teammate Nico Rosberg is looking forward to find out how they Brackley based team are doing in comparison to their rivals.
“I think our winter testing programme went better than expected. Having said that, the first Grand Prix is the first real opportunity to judge how well we have done against our competition.” Rosberg said.
“Pre-season doesn't tell the full story, especially this year with the new regulations. I'm really looking forward to getting the season underway and can't wait to be back in the car again.”
Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Toto Wolff, said that reliability rather than speed will be key to winning races.
“While it is true that the quickest car with the quickest drivers will win, reliability will be a key factor. We want to bring both cars to the flag in the best possible position.” Wolff said.
He went on to say the team were looking forward to finding out how they compared to their competitors.
“The feeling within the team is not one of nerves, however. It is more a sense of relief to finally be unleashing our cars in race conditions. Everybody now just wants to get out there and see where we stand.
“Expectations are high, both internally and externally. Although we're not quite where we want to be right now in terms of a complete package, I'm optimistic in that we've done everything possible to prepare for the challenges ahead.”