Hamilton: 'We need to keep our feet on the ground'


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4 March 2014 by TF1T Staff | M
          

Mercedes have shown great pace and great reliability during all three pre-season tests and are odds on favourites to win in Melbourne, but Lewis Hamilton isn't getting ahead of himself.

The Britain - who is looking to secure a second title - goes into his second year with Mercedes after a successful first year with the Anglo-German team.

Whilst things have gone positively for the outfit so far, Hamilton has warned that they shouldn't be making predictions despite their test form.

"It is good going into a season - to the first race - knowing that we have covered the most miles," he told the official F1 website. "We probably are one of the most put-together teams in terms of the car working, a good mileage under our belts and a happy spirit.

"We are driven to fight for the championship - that all is super positive. But let's keep our feet on the ground: right now - even if all indications look great - it is still difficult to know who is hot and who is not.

"You go to Australia not knowing who the hell will be in the lead. Reliability will be a huge factor for everyone."

Hamilton wouldn't be surprised to see a number of different winners in the opening races and fully expects some 'surprises'.

"It will be a bit of a mix and match in the first few races. Probably some good surprises for the fans - and for us. Maybe a bit of a deja-vu of 2012 when there was a different winner at the first couple of races. It could easily be like that.

"Fortunately the Mercedes is such a good engine: you have Williams, who look like they could be a competitive team, and you have Force India who could be much further ahead. Maybe Felipe Massa will take the Williams to the front! Who knows?"

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