Lewis Hamilton has had a good time at the Barcelona Testing and is itching to get into that new W09 and set the track on fire in Melbourne.
Ferrari finished quickest in testing at Barcelona, however, both Mercedes and Red Bull were actually focussed on long run pace.
With Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes running close last season(with respect to the constructor’s championship), Hamilton expects a tough run this season, with Red Bull posing probably the toughest challenge for Mercedes.
Hamilton believes that fans who watch the sport would be hoping for a close and fierce fight between all teams involved, as competition is what makes the sport grow and makes it interesting for the viewers as well.
“Of course, the ultimate goal is that we hopefully have more teams fighting for the championship,” Hamilton said.
“I think there was one year where had six different winners in the first six races, or whatever it was. That’s only good for the sport.
“The more competition there is, the more fun it is to watch. Like you, I have grown up watching the sport, being a fan of it and seeing it when it’s been a one team championship and seeing it when there’s been a couple fighting so I am really hopeful.
“I think Red Bull could be a real challenge this year, their car looks great and I haven’t seen anything from what Ferrari have been doing, but for sure they’ll be good. It’s going to be exciting.” he added.
Hamilton couldn’t really assess where the W09 ranked as compared to the other cars having not run on low fuel or the hyper soft tyres.
“I don’t know where we are in terms of the pack, but our week has been very good, very productive, we got through everything we needed,” Hamilton said.
“Reliability has been fantastic and the car feels great. We haven’t been working on balance or anything like that but in terms of some of the issues which we had last year, a lot of them, some of them at least, have been removed.
“But the track is a lot different what it used to be because they resurfaced it, and so it’s kind of misleading at the moment.
“It’s difficult to know until we get to Melbourne.” he concluded.