‘The feeling I have physically and mentally is on another level compared to last year’: Lewis Hamilton fires ominous warning to F1 rivals as he looks to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles
- Lewis Hamilton recorded video message and shared it with fans on social media
- The Mercedes driver is preparing for the season ahead and feels in top condition
- He said: ‘The feeling I have physically and mentally is on another level’
Lewis Hamilton fired a warning shot to his rivals, saying he is feeling ‘on another level physically and mentally’ ahead of the Formula One season.
The first race at the Australian Grand Prix is on March 15 and Hamilton shared a video with his fans as Mercedes continue their preparations for another title tilt.
‘It’s been an incredible winter, I’ve had a lot of time with family and friends, I would say one of the best times has been with my dad,’ he said.
Lewis Hamilton shared a message with his fans ahead of the upcoming Formula One season
‘Secondly, the training has been different this year so the feeling I have physically and mentally is on another level compared to last year so that’s a real positive.
‘I know you guys are all gunning for number seven but I think we’ve got to take it one step at a time, we have no idea where we’re going to stand compared to everybody else so we’ve just got to be more efficient this year in our test programme, particularly as we have less time. We still have a lot of work to do.’
Hamilton cruised to his sixth world championship last year and if he defends his crown, would equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven.
The six-time champion says he’s in better shape physically and mentally than last year
The British driver is looking to equal Michael Schumacher’s seven titles
The 35-year-old is fighting fit and is five kilograms lighter than this time last year.
On Twitter last week, he posted a topless photo of himself with the caption: ‘Last year I arrived into testing with a lot of water weight and around 78kg.
‘This year, I’m at a better weight of 73kg. Still have more fat to burn off and more muscle to add but on the way.’
Mercedes are working hard on their car for the season and begin official testing on February 19.
Hamilton’s contract is up at the end of next season and his future at Mercedes is uncertain
Hamilton cruised to the title last year but is unsure of where the car will stand this time
This could end up being Hamilton’s last year with Mercedes and speculation has been rife about his future.
Team Principal Toto Wolff wants to keep him out of Ferrari’s clutches when his deal expires next year.
‘It is the obvious pairing going forward. We would like to have the fastest man in the fastest car and I know Lewis wants to be in the fastest car,’ Wolff recently said.
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