Hamilton: “I want to be better” in bid for third title

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Lewis Hamilton may have stormed to last year’s Formula 1 drivers’ championship with 11 wins and six further podium finishes, but he has sent out an ominous statement of intent by saying he wants to be better still and enjoy even greater dominance in 2015.

Hamilton clinched the 2014 title at the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi, eventually beating Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 67 points in the end-of-season standings.

The British driver is now going in search of a third world title in 2015 to firmly establish himself among the all-time greats, and he revealed to Mercedes AMG Petronas’ official website that he feels relaxed ahead of the new racing season.

“At this point in the year I feel very relaxed,” Hamilton said. “I’m always ready to drive. I’ve been racing since I was eight, so two-thirds of my life.

“I feel good about this year. Well, to be honest, at this point of the year, you don’t really know how you feel. I feel fresh. I feel fit.

“I will plan to drive as good as I did last year, but I want to be better. I hope that we have the package and I hope that we have some good races, but I’m just grateful that I get to race again.”

Despite Mercedes dominating the final pre-season test in Barcelona last week, Hamilton and Rosberg have both expressed concerns about the pace that the teams in the chasing pack have shown.

Hamilton is expecting to face the same rivals once again in 2015, and he hopes that McLaren and Ferrari can make strides forward to close up the field at the front and make the racing exciting.

“It will be the same top teams as it always is,” Hamilton said. “It’s an evolution. The cars are going to be evolutions of last year’s cars, so it’ll be the same people that we were racing with last year. Red Bull, Williams, and then, you know, you’re hoping that it’s a bit of a better year for those like McLaren and Ferrari so that we have more people to race.

“That’s what racing’s about: it’s to be racing with everyone. There was one year where the first seven races were won by a different driver. That’s what people want to see, but, most importantly, if the cars are close you can have real races where you’re overtaking and battling – that’s what I love doing.”

The 2015 Formula 1 season kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix on March 15.