Vettel fastest as Hamilton leaves it to Bottas

Vettel fastest as Hamilton leaves it to Bottas

Lewis Hamilton declared his new Mercedes to be the big sister of last year's temperamental title victor but Formula One's first pre-season test of 2018 still left plenty of room for conjecture.

"I just want to win as many races as I can and that way the championship, I don't need to change anything else what I do.I'm not going to start for example playing any mental games or anything in the team, because I think like this it works well".

McLaren were clearly aiming to put as much mileage on the vehicle as possible today, and Vandoorne did so while still remaining top of the leaderboard until he was deposed by Sergey Sirotkin's Williams as the track dried further.

Because of the very cold and wet weather over the previous three days, including Wednesday being written off due to snow, Hamilton had completed only 25 laps and those with a low track temperature that prevented the auto being pushed to its limit.

Lewis Hamilton, a four-time Formula One world champion, said that his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas will have no excuses this season. But he made an eye-catching return to action in Thursday's dry afternoon running.

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But so far it's good.

Their W09 ran faster than any other auto in four days of pre-season testing in Barcelona this week, setting a time of 1:19.3s despite running on medium tyres - suggesting their advantage over the rest of the grid. "To get a feel for the new auto and so far it is positive".

"Overall it's been a hard week with cool temperatures", he said."But I think it affected everybody".

"He did great in the last couple of races (of 2017) which is awesome and I'm expecting him to be in tip-top shape", noted Hamilton.

The Finish driver further said that he is not going to hold on his weaknesses and would rather concentrate on spending his energy and focus on performing well on track.

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You just focus on getting through the run plan, keeping the auto on track, learning as much as you can and giving constructive feedback so the guys at the factory hearing everything you say can work on everything.

Ferrari and Red Bull are once again Mercedes' most likely challengers, but Hamilton is confident he has what it takes to beat off any of their competition.

"It's really hard to know where we are at the moment, but we will know some more at the end of next week".

Asked if he wanted a closer fight, he replied: Definitely. "But today's conditions are not the ones in which you'd normally run an F1 vehicle". And when asked what he thought of Hamilton's comments, Vettel told Sky Sports: "Pretty much the same".

'You want to make sure you bring it back.

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