Hamilton content with first Mercedes test
8 February 2013 – Lewis Hamilton is leaving the Circuito de Jerez in a positive frame of mind following his first official test as a Mercedes driver. The Briton, who has moved from rivals McLaren, says the team is where it 'would have hoped to be' with its new car.
Although the Brackley-based squad suffered a troublesome start to its pre-season testing programme with car failures on both Nico Rosberg and Hamilton's opening days in the F1 W04, the latter enjoyed a smooth run to a total of 145 laps on Friday.
"Everybody has been incredibly supportive. I am really building a good bond with the team; they feel energised, ready to go and are working flat out to move us forward."
Despite their initial problems, Hamilton and Nico Rosberg racked up a total of 322 laps at Jerez this week, equating to more than four and a half Grand Prix distances.