FORMULA 1: Lewis Hamilton plays down Shanghai victory hopes
Lewis Hamilton admits Mercedes will be up against it trying to repeat their Shanghai success of 2012 at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.
The Silver Arrows dominated last year’s race with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher starting on the front row before Rosberg went on to claim a comfortable victory.
However, despite making an impressive start to the season, Hamilton, who has since taken Schumacher’s place at Mercedes, believes they’ll struggle to live up to last year’s standards.
“Mercedes were in a unique situation at the track last year and got everything right,” the 2008 world champion said. “The tyres are different this year so you have to anticipate that it’s going to be a little bit different there for us. Walking off into the distance is probably not going to be the case. If the car works well there and we get a similar result it’ll be amazing.”
Team principal Ross Brawn was similarly cautious, warning that the team has plenty of work to do to match the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari.
“The Chinese Grand Prix of course holds great memories following the first win for Nico and our Silver Arrows team in Shanghai last year,” Brawn said. “That win was an extremely proud occasion for us all and certainly one that we hope to emulate in the future. Our season has started well, perhaps better than we expected, however we’re fully aware that there is still a gap to close and that we must keep up the pace of development.”