Hamilton encouraged by Mercedes reliability

By on Saturday, February 21, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

World Champion Lewis Hamilton says he is encouraged by the progress Mercedes has made in terms of reliability but warned that the squad can still improve.

Hamilton completed 101 laps on Saturday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and finished the day third quickest.

On Friday, Hamilton and Nico Rosberg shared duties and racked up over 150 laps without the car encountering a major technical problem.

"[It's] too early to say but of course we’ve done some great mileage and there’s been a lot of attention to that process, the team always manages it by percentage and to ultimately get 100% reliability," he said.

"Last year was about 80%, now we want to be in the 90s, [it's] difficult to tell but I do think it’s better, we still have things to work on."

Hamilton also insisted that he hadn't been paying attention to Mercedes' rivals but nonetheless expects them to be strong.

"I haven’t been looking at anyone else, but it looks like the Ferrari has potentially picked up the pace, Red Bull is just as quick, [they] just improved their engine maybe, Williams is going to be there," he said.

"I imagine they’ve made a step but so have we, time will tell how big a step they’ve made compared to us."

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