Hamilton: We're as ready as we can be
7 March 2014 – Lewis Hamilton reckons his Mercedes team is as prepared as it can be for the season-opener in Australia.
The outfit completed more mileage than any other team during the trio of pre-season tests, while Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg both made the top three with their fastest times at the final Bahrain gathering.
"I think we're as ready as we can be for Melbourne and I'm more fired up than ever," said Hamilton.
"With all the changes within the sport and the hard work that's been going on within the team, I believe this can be our year to really show what we're capable of.
"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."
Although he shares Hamilton's optimism after the W05's positive start to life, Rosberg warned that it is risky to predict where the team will sit in the overall pecking order before the action gets underway at Albert Park.
"Overall, 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," explained Rosberg.
"Pre-season testing doesn't tell the full story, especially this year with the new regulations."
He added: "I'm really looking forward to getting the season underway and can't wait to be back in the car."
Mercedes finished second in the 2013 standings, its best result since returning to Formula 1 as a works team.