Lewis Hamilton: “Barcelona is a great place to start the European Season”

As the FIA Formula One World Championship heads into the European leg of the 2015 season at Spain this weekend; the Mercedes AMG-Petronas F1 Team are leading the Constructors Championship with dominating performances in the first four races of the season so far.

With Lewis Hamilton winning three out of the first four races of the season and leading the Drivers’ Championship and his team mate Nico Rosberg achieving four podiums and no wins and is currently in second place in the Drivers’ Championship; But this weekend sees Hamilton wanting to build on what he achieved in the Bahrain Grand Prix three weeks ago and achieve another win at the Circuit de Catalunya; even though he knows it will a tough weekend for him.

“Bahrain was a tough race so to come away with the win was a great feeling and it’s amazing the start we’ve had this year. Next up it’s Barcelona, which is a great place to start the European phase of the season,” said Hamilton. 

“The weather is always good and the circuit is a real test of every aspect of the car, which is why we go testing there. It’s a great city, too. The architecture is stunning and it’s a young, vibrant place so I always enjoy the weekend. Racing there is tough – it’s usually hot and the circuit is incredibly physical. But the support I have in Spain is growing every time we go and, having tasted success there for the first time last year, I want to do it in even better style this time.”

Team mate Rosberg is also hoping for a better performance after battling through the field in Bahrain and is fired up to achieve the best result possible in Barcelona this weekend, even though it will test the abilities of the W07 Hybrid when their rivals will also be bringing upgrades to their cars this weekend in a bid to catch up to the team. 

“The race in Bahrain was definitely the most enjoyable of the season for me so far. It was a really good fight out there and it gave me the chance to show what I can do in a close battle,” said Rosberg.

“Although we had a problem at the end, the car felt fantastic and I could really push hard to get my positions back. I’m feeling really fired up for the next races knowing I have all the tools available to me for a strong performance. It’s felt like a long break and I can’t wait to get back out there in Barcelona.

“It’s the first race in Europe at a track which every driver knows well, so it should make for an exciting weekend. The circuit itself really tests every element of the car – especially the aero – so it will be interesting to see how each team has developed since we last came here in the winter and also to see who has brought the most upgrades since the last race. I know our guys have been working mega hard at the factory, so let’s see what we’ve got!”