Lewis Hamilton: “I can’t wait to get started”


After a successful pre-season testing for Lewis Hamilton, he believes their 2016 challenger is something Mercedes AMG PETRONAS can be really proud of.

The Briton believes the changes to the radio rules will have a big impact on teams in the 2016 Formula 1 season, engineers are now not allowed to give prompts or reminders that might affect performance during a race. This is something that Hamilton hopes will make for more exciting racing. This weekend’s season-opener in Australia allows the first chance to see how this pans out on track.

“Testing was just incredible, the best I can remember in my career,” said Hamilton. “The car feels even better than last year’s from both a performance and reliability perspective. It’s all so refined in every area and we can be really proud of what we’ve achieved over the winter.

“There are a few things that will make it even more challenging for all of us this season too. The changes to the radio rules will have a big impact. The engineers now can’t give you prompts or reminders that might affect performance during the race, so you have to remember so much more.

“This even applies to strategy, so when it’s shifting throughout the race you won’t be in the loop. It will be tough – but hopefully it will make for more exciting races. Now we head to Melbourne and the first to chance to see how all this plays out on track. I can’t wait to get started.”