Hamilton sure Mercedes can make advantage count

By on Thursday, March 27, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton has said that Mercedes must make its advantage count during the opening stint of 2014.

Hamilton retired from the Australian Grand Prix but team-mate Nico Rosberg won the race for Mercedes.

Hamilton insists that the team must not squander its opportunity before rivals catch-up.

"Everyone else is pushing massively hard to catch us up and we definitely cannot sit back and relax," he told ESPN.

"We have to keep pushing and keep trying to develop the car as we do every year, and I'm sure that's what we will do.

"I'm sure the Renault and Ferrari [drivers] will pick up their pace throughout the year so we need to make sure we capitalise as much as we can.

"I was trying to do that in the last race, but I will try and do it moving forward. I don't know what the advantage was exactly but I know [Nico] had a 20 second lead, which is pretty impressive. But last year we saw Sebastian [Vettel] win here and he was 20 seconds down in Melbourne."

Hamilton also expressed few concerns at already having a 25 point deficit to Rosberg in the championship.

"It depends how you look at it," he said. "Me, I quite like to chase, so it could have done me a favour. It's good to know they haven't counted me out yet.

"There's 18 races left. I don't think they normally change things after one race. In previous years when you lost a few places in the race, and lost three, four, or five points, you were worried. When you lose 25, that's a serious deficit. In one race you can gain quite a large amount. I hope for our team we have no more DNF's and I'll have to work hard to catch up."

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