Lewis Hamilton hails 'fantastic' test for Mercedes F1 team

Lewis Hamilton hailed his Mercedes team's progress during the opening pre-season Formula 1 test at Jerez as fantastic

Lewis Hamilton hails 'fantastic' test for Mercedes F1 team

Mercedes completed 309 laps of running over four days at the Spanish track, 58 more than second-best Ferrari, with Hamilton setting the third fastest time overall.

But even though Red Bull, which beat Mercedes to the constructors' championship last year, had a disastrous test, Hamilton is not taking for granted that things will continue to be so positive.

Asked to sum up the team's week of testing, he replied: "It has been fantastic; really fantastic.

"[Mileage] is that biggest positive we can take from here. The car is reliable.

"We are not focused on anyone else at the moment, we are just trying to focus on ourselves and trying to improve and get as much data as we can, as many miles as we can and really try to take it one step at a time."

Contrary to the team's original plan, Hamilton returned to drive at Jerez this afternoon, completing 41 laps after taking over from team-mate Nico Rosberg.

This is because the 2008 world champion managed only 18 laps on the opening day after suffering a front wing failure.

TOO EARLY TO JUDGE PACE

Rosberg, who logged 91 laps, refused to make any judgements on the relative pace of the new Mercedes F1 W05, but was pleased with the reliability of the car.

"We just don't know where we are on pace; no idea," he said.

"With reliability and everything, it's been a decent mark up to now.

"I'm very pleased with that because that was the most important thing for this test.

"It did start quite tough for us, but the team did a really good job to turn it around and now we've really got the kilometres going with lots of laps."

Rosberg added that the full potential of the Mercedes has yet to be seen given the focus on mileage and understanding the new engine package.

"Nothing is at potential, not even the driver because it's just important to do a lot of kilometres and then we'll push in Melbourne.

"Well we're always pushing for performance as well but the focus at the moment is on reliability, and then slowly but surely it needs to shift.

"But when, I don't know yet, it just depends on how the reliability goes."

Jerez test mileage

Driver               Laps     Km
Nico Rosberg         188      832
Fernando Alonso      173      766
Kevin Magnussen      162      717
Felipe Massa         133      588
Lewis Hamilton       121      535
Adrian Sutil         103      456
Jenson Button        83       367
Daniel Juncadella    81       358
Kimi Raikkonen       78       345
Esteban Gutierrez    60       265
Kamui Kobayashi      54       239
Sergio Perez         48       212
Jean-Eric Vergne     45       199
Valtteri Bottas      42       185
Jules Bianchi        25       110
Nico Hulkenberg      17       75
Marcus Ericsson      12       53
Sebastian Vettel     11       48
Robin Frijns         10       44
Daniel Ricciardo     10       44
Daniil Kvyat         9        39
Max Chilton          5        22

Team                 Laps     Km                 
Mercedes             309      1368
Ferrari              251      1111
McLaren              245      1084
Williams             175      774
Sauber               163      721
Force India          146      646
Caterham             76       336
Toro Rosso           54       239
Marussia             30       132
Red Bull             21       92

Engine               Laps     Km 
Mercedes             875      3874
Ferrari              444      1966
Renault              151      668

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