It has been all change at Mercedes this year with the arrival of Lewis Hamilton, widely regarded to be one of the fastest drivers on the grid. Hamilton has recently sounded a little downbeat on Mercedes performance, telling the circus that he is no aiming for race wins this year and concentrating on getting into Q3 and points scoring finishing. This seems to be in contradiction from his teammate Nico Rosberg’s comments, who appears to feel the car is stronger relatively than the start of the 2012 season where they were actually very quick but suffered from high tyre degradation.

It interests me to see wholly different views being expressed from the two drivers and whilst I could be wrong, seems to amount to gamesmanship from the team. Watching the pre-season test today Martin Brundle and Paul di Resta have both commented how impressive the Mercedes car is. With a strong technical department and two quick drivers, who’s to say Mercedes can’t have a good year? We’ll have to wait and see.


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