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Hamilton: This can be Mercedes’ year

Mar 8, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

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Lewis Hamilton is confident that 2014 could be a highly successful year for Mercedes as he enters his second season with the German team.

After a seismic change in the technical regulations for the coming season and a downsize in engines, there has been a reshuffling of the pecking order in Formula 1. However, Mercedes has been the team to beat throughout testing, and Hamilton seems confident that he might have his best chance to win a second world championship in many years.

“I think we’re as ready as we can be for Melbourne and I’m more fired up than ever,” Hamilton explained. “With all the changes within the sport and the hard work that’s been going on within the team, I believe this can be our year to really show what we’re capable of.

“That’s not to take anything away from our opposition, who will be incredibly tough to beat as always, but I feel like I’m equipped with the tools I need to succeed. I can’t wait to get started.”

Teammate Nico Rosberg is similarly optimistic following such as successful testing period, although he remains somewhat cautious ahead of the first round of the year.

“Overall, I think our winter testing programme went better than expected,” the German driver explained. “Having said that, the first grand prix is the first real opportunity to judge how well we have done against our competition.

“Pre-season doesn’t tell the full story, especially this year with the new regulations. I’m really looking forward to getting the season underway and can’t wait to be back in the car again.”

If testing is to be taken as an indicator of the year to come, we could see a straight fight between Hamilton and Rosberg for the championship. However, both drivers will be looking to simply make it to the checkered flag in Melbourne, with reliability being a primary concern for most of the teams.

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