Hamilton: W06 feels the same as W05

By on Monday, February 2, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

An encouraged Lewis Hamilton has compared Mercedes' new W06 Hybrid to its title-winning predecessor, the W05 Hybrid.

World Champion Hamilton enjoyed his first day of pre-season testing at Jerez on Monday and posted the fourth best time, completing 91 laps despite a water leak forcing him onto the sidelines prematurely.

"That was a satisfying day," he said. "We did a lot of laps and I got a feel for the car quite quickly. We're in the first days of testing so it never feels that great as the car is at the worst it will be all season. But it feels the same as it did last year which is a good thing.

"A little more downforce maybe but otherwise it handles exactly the same. The balance obviously wasn't perfect as we're not working on setup yet, so it could be a lot better. But the priority right now is to put in the laps, not set fast times, and there were lots of positives today. We got good mileage and hopefully we'll get even more in the next two days. Testing isn't the exciting part as a driver - I live to go racing.

"But this is where you build your foundations for the year and we're all working hard to understand the car. Everything from drivability to tyres you have to learn now to stand you in good stead for the season.

"You can't get excited at this point as there's a long way to go before Melbourne but there's a really good energy in the team. Everybody is feeling positive and working hard but we're basing nothing on last year. We start again with the same aim as everyone else - to win. I can't wait to get to that first race."

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