Lewis Hamilton not claims this weekend top podium, and he says that they are really can’t say what’s going to happen in Melbourne.
Following pre-season testing performance, F1 pundits and rival team’s executives’ tips that Mercedes duo will set Australian Grand Prix podium, and Hamilton favourite to win a second title.
“Everyone’s talking us up and predicting the future but we really can’t say what’s going to happen this weekend,” the Briton told reporters on Thursday.
“We know we’ll be strong, we’ve not left any stone unturned, we’ve done absolutely everything we can possibly do, so we’re hoping we’ll be at the front, that’s our goal. But we can’t say that’s going to be the case.
“Coming here, knowing that this is the best chance out of all the years, I don’t know; I haven’t even got in the car and gone on the track yet.”
Hamilton turns into the youngest F1 world champion in 2008 with McLaren, a record since taken by Sebastian Vettel in 2010. Also last year the Brit finished fourth in the championship with Mercedes and his German team mate Nico Rosberg managed sixth.
“It is a long, long time since I won the world championship – it feels like a lifetime ago – but I’m still here, still motivated and actually a lot more than I ever was before and more focused than I ever was before,” he said.
“If the package is there then we will do the job and there’s no reason why we can’t be at the front again. Naturally, I think, I probably speak for all of us that last year’s car felt better,” he told reporters at Albert Park.
“It was perhaps a little nicer to drive. We had lots more down-force. That was a car that was in its fourth year of evolution. Now we’re in a new phase and it’s something that just takes some time to get used to. The sound, for example, is not as impressive as we had in the past, but once you get all the cars on the track, I’m pretty sure it will be impressive as well.”