Day 4 Barcelona Test

Hamilton: Mercedes now targets fight for the top ten finishes

Lewis Hamilton says that Mercedes initially targets top ten finishes, and he admits that ‘F1 W04 is not fast enough to be the fastest over one lap’ even as he confident that ‘it’s not slow’. Also the Brit added that Mercedes 2013 machine needs more downforce and improve reliability.

Formula 1 top title contenders commended that Mercedes going to be competing for the World Championship with new recruit Lewis Hamilton, but 2008 world champion has played down the suggestions and says he really don’t see that happening at the moment.

“I haven’t seen anything just yet, we’re not looking at wins at the moment,” Hamilton said during the final day of testing at Circuit de Catalunya paddock on Friday.

“We’re hoping to get into the points and fight for the top ten. It’s not fast enough to be the quickest over one lap but it’s not slow, that’s for sure.

“We need more downforce, that’s the name of the game at the moment. We need to improve reliability in some areas, such as the sensors, but otherwise we just need as much downforce as we can get.”

“People are talking us up at the moment,” he added. “Vettel and Alonso are saying that we’re going to be competing for the World Championship, but I really don’t see that happening at the moment.”

“Of course that’s our goal, but you’ve got to remember the car was more than a second off, sometimes two seconds off, last year.

“We’ve not caught up two seconds and the teams will have put another second on this year. We’ve not caught up three seconds, that’s just a fact. Hopefully by the end of the year we will have gained three seconds, but definitely not at the beginning.”

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