Hamilton hails 'fantastic' Jerez test
31 January 2014 – Lewis Hamilton has described the opening pre-season test at the Circuito de Jerez as "fantastic" for his Mercedes team.
Alongside team-mate Nico Rosberg, the former World Champion helped to rack up 1,368km of mileage over the course of the four-day gathering in southern Spain, considerably more than the other nine outfits present.
"It's been a fantastic week for the team," Hamilton explained. "We've put a lot of laps on the car which is a huge accomplishment. It's a bit early to say this definitely, but right now the car feels pretty good.
"Like every year we've got a lot of work to do; it's a new challenge this season and the workload is maybe a bit higher than in previous years, but it's a new experience for everyone and I'm enjoying it.
"This week has just been about getting the mileage on the car and we've managed to do that quite successfully, which is really encouraging as reliability is the biggest positive we could hope to take away from here.
"So far so good; now we just have to continue working hard and see what happens in Bahrain."