Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton reckons it is not impossible for him to challenge at the front this season.
Hamilton downplayed his chance of competing at the front after his move from McLaren, but the Brit has been buoyed by progress he has seen at the factory in Brackley.
“I went to Brackley in the early part of December and I was asking lots of questions, trying to get as involved as I can in the limited time that I was there,” he said. “It was great to see how enthusiastic everyone was, there’s incredible determination to turn this thing around so that have me a lot of motivation.”
“I think this year’s going to be an interesting year, an interesting journey, learning and getting to know new people, working with new people is always a massive challenge so that’s first and foremost one of the biggest challenges I have. After that it’s trying to succeed with them, trying to extract the most out of them and vice versa. It’s going to be a journey we’ll enjoy”
“I live to win, that’s what I work towards every year, so that’s what we’re going to be working towards this year. It’s going to be tough to compete with and beat the guys who are already at the front like Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren but I don’t think it’s impossible.”
Hamilton also believes his good relationship with Nico Rosberg will help the team
“I have a good relationship with Nico. We live in the same building so we’re next door neighbours. Just before Christmas I went to his because I didn’t have any food in the house! His girlfriend cooked for us! We were actually team-mates many years ago when we were sponsored by AMG in karting so I’ve known Nico for many years and I’m looking forward to working firstly with a great guy and also a great talent.”