Hamilton: Plenty of room for improvement at Mercedes

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Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has sent out an early warning shot to his rivals in 2015 by claiming that Mercedes still has room for improvement following a record-breaking campaign.

Hamilton clinched his second drivers’ championship in Abu Dhabi last November, beating teammate Nico Rosberg by 67 points in the final standings. Together, the drivers won a record 16 grands prix, making it one of the most dominant performances by a team in F1 history.

However, Hamilton is confident that Mercedes can enjoy a similar kind of dominance in 2015, telling the official Formula 1 website that there is plenty of room for improvement at Brackley.

“It’s going to be an interesting season,” the Briton said. “Honda are back, which is pretty cool given their history with McLaren. I’m excited to see how Williams get on. It’s great to see such an iconic team back up there, and I’m looking forward to hopefully fighting with them again. And of course there’s Red Bull and Ferrari.

“Unfortunately for those guys, it’s going to be hard to match what we have. There are so many areas we can improve and be even better from last season, which is hard to believe after such a dominant year.

“But I know this team. I know how amazing we can be.”

Hamilton will get his first public run in the new W06 Hybrid car on Monday at the first pre-season test, with Rosberg set to roll it out following its launch on Sunday morning in Jerez.