On the eve of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has given his Mercedes team a vote of confidence, asserting that they “are really beginning to look like a championship-winning team”
Writing in his column on the BBC Sport Website column he adds that the team reaching this level “was my hope when I came here. And I really have high hopes moving forwards.
“It has gone a lot better than I expected it would… Despite the difficulties, we are second in the constructors’ championship and it is not impossible we could catch Red Bull, if Nico Rosberg and I can continue to get solid results as a team.
“For us to be in that position is a really impressive achievement, considering where the team ended up at the end of 2012.”
Hamilton expects to challenge for pole position again this weekend; he has started six of the last seven races from the front row of the grid. But he does not expect to be able to convert that to a race win, as Mercedes continue to come to terms with their race performance,
“I’m confident we can be competitive again in qualifying this weekend in Hungary. The race is a completely different question.
“The tyres are new for this race and we are the only team who were not able to try them out, because we were not at the test at Silverstone last week.
“There are also a lot of new rules governing how we can operate the tyres, and they all have an effect. And the fact is we do overheat our tyres in hot conditions, for a reason we have still not fully understood.”
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