Car suits my driving style, says Hamilton
21 February 2014 – Lewis Hamilton believes his driving style is well-suited to Formula 1's new technical regulations.
Turbocharged V6 power units plus a host of chassis and aerodynamic changes have greatly altered the driveability of this year's cars, with drivers having to cope with increased levels of torque and less grip.
Having started to explore the potential of the new W05 at this week's Bahrain test, which saw him top the timesheets on the penultimate day, the 2008 World Champion has been left with largely positive feelings.
"It was nice to be able to put together a good lap today because generally speaking there seems to be less grip available than last year," said Hamilton, who lapped within two seconds of last year's pole position time.
"I'm looking forward to completing a race simulation [during the final pre-season test] next week as we didn't quite get to finish it today. We're trying to find any issues we can now to prevent them happening during a race situation, so from that perspective it's a positive that we were able to find and fix something again today.
"The car seems to be responding well to my style of driving and the power unit is looking promising, with all of the Mercedes-powered team completing good mileage. We won't know where we are for definite until we get to Melbourne so we're just continuing to focus on our run programmes, keep positive and look forward.
"The team has done a great job to get where we are today so we just need to keep that going."