Hamilton expects Mercedes dominance to continue

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

World Champion Lewis Hamilton reckons Mercedes will be able to continue its dominance into the upcoming Formula 1 campaign.

Mercedes has secured 32 of the 38 Grands Prix victories since the start of the V6 power unit era in 2014, with Hamilton adding two further world titles to bring his tally up to three.

Mercedes has remained wary of an increasing strength from Ferrari, which acquired three wins in 2015 courtesy of Sebastian Vettel, but Hamilton is confident in the abilities of the outfit which he joined in 2013.

"There is at least another year of this strength we have," Hamilton told Autosport. "Of course there is a slight unknown because the car can shift. It could dip. But we have a much, much stronger foundation in this team and that is not going to be the case.

"I'm so confident that is not going to be the case."

Hamilton retained his title with three rounds to spare in 2015 and only finished a race off of the podium on one occasion but believes that he can still grow as a driver.

"I don't think you are ever performing at peak level all the time," he explained. "You have dips. I was at a peak for a long time during the year, and then I had three so-so races at the end.

"I still drove pretty well and didn't make any mistakes. But in not being at 100 per cent, the good thing is there are improvements that can be made for next year.

"I'd like to think that each year you grow, not only as a human being, but as a sportsman."

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