Despite the stuttering start to the season, Hamilton shared Rosberg’s confidence in the car and said it was important the team made the most of their advantage before the grid inevitably made up the time over the year.
“Everyone else is pushing massively hard to catch us up and we can definitely not sit back and relax we have got to keep pushing and keep trying to develop the car,” the Briton said.
“We got to try and capitalize as much as we can, I tried to do that in the last race and I will try and do that from moving forward, we should be strong this weekend.”
Also he will start Friday practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix using the same engine that let him down in Australia Grand Prix two weeks ago. He retired after two laps in Melbourne due to a problem with brand new V6 power unit.
The Mercedes F1 team decided to use the engine in Friday practice at Sepang to confirm that it has fixed the problem.
“I’m told that we are going to start with the engine we had in the last race ready to do some laps with that,” Hamilton told Autosport. “But whether or not I will do the [full] race weekend on that engine, I don’t know.”
“Reliability is going to be put to the real test this weekend for everyone,” he said. “Because it’s so hot, the engine is going to be on the absolute limit.
“I don’t really know how big the advantage is going to be and I am sure people are making improvements this weekend, so maybe it will be closer. I read that McLaren are planning to be half a second quicker than they were, so everyone is pushing.
2014 F1 rules states that a driver is limited to only five complete power units during the season.