Lewis Hamilton is anticipating another good fight with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after the Silver Arrows locked out the front row for the first race of the 2015 F1 season.
Having lost none of its advantage from 2014, Mercedes stormed to P1 and P2 on Saturday in Melbourne, with Hamilton winning the intra-team battle to finish six-tenths of a second clear of Rosberg.
After going toe-to-toe for the drivers’ championship in 2014, Hamilton and Rosberg will renew their rivalry on Sunday, but it is the Briton who holds the momentum after Saturday.
“It’s been a great start to the weekend,” Hamilton said. “It doesn’t feel like it has been a long time since the last race.
“A big rush and a huge effort from all the guys to enable us to come here and have this performance. I feel incredibly blessed to have this car. Today we found a good balance, and it was just about trying to push in those laps.
“It’s so much fun when you get into qualifying; you have those single laps that you have to push. I just feel incredibly grateful.”
Hamilton hopes to enjoy a better start to 2015 than he did last season, having retired from the race in Australia after just two laps whilst Rosberg went on to win.
“We had a difficult start to the season last year here, so definitely as a team, as a whole, we’re hoping for a better start – for both cars to succeed tomorrow,” Hamilton said.
“So we’re going to work as hard as we can to make sure we do that. Lots of work to be done tonight to study for the race tomorrow, because it’s going to be a huge challenge and a good fight hopefully with Nico.”
You can watch the Australian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12:30a ET tomorrow.