Reigning world champion, Lewis Hamilton has praised the efforts of the Mercedes team. Mercedes came through one of their “most difficult” winters during Lewis’ time with the Silver Arrows. Their difficulties stemmed from the rule and aerodynamic changes to the cars for 2019.
Since the inception of the V6 hybrid turbo era in 2014, Mercedes have clinched every constructor’s championship. However, the British driver believes that the new regulations have posed the biggest challenge to them.
“It’s been a difficult winter for the guys back at the factory,” Hamilton confirmed. “I could see it and I’ve heard from the guys, probably the most difficult one particularly with the rule change once again. But if anyone can do it, I truly believe it’s my guys. We are the only team to have won a championship in a cross over of a rules situation.”
Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas are currently in Barcelona for the second test. So far, Ferrari having impressed with their pace at the Circuit de Catalunya last week. However, he does not believe that the Brackley team should be solely focused on the Scuderia.
“I’m competing with everyone. I don’t know who’s going to be quickest. I think you can’t say just Ferrari,” he explainedd.
“I don’t know where the Red Bulls are. I’m hopeful that there’s going to be more teams involved. But who knows what people are going to bring up when we get to the first race.
“Right now we’re competing against our past selves as a team. We’re really trying to raise the bar in all those areas. All the engineers back in the factory are raising the bar.
“It’s been super-impressive to see the atmosphere within the team after all these years of success that we’ve had. To see that the hunger is still there. To see the drive is still there. No one’s fazing out. No one’s back off. Everyone is pushing full steam ahead.”