Lewis Hamilton says he is confident that Mercedes will emerge as one of the teams to beat in Formula One when new regulations come into play next season.
Revised engine regulations that see 1.6-litre turbo-charged units – alongside Energy Recovery Systems - replacing the current engines are set to shake up the order next year as teams work to produce the best package for the new rules.
Mercedes are hotly tipped to be one of the frontrunners next year thanks to the revised engine rules, and Hamilton said he was sure that the Brackley-based outfit would produce a strong car to match its new powerplant.
"I'm not really thinking about it too much at the moment, but I feel very comfortable that Mercedes HPP will do an incredible job with the engine,” he was quoted by ESPN
. “I am certain we will have a very strong engine next year. But it's going to be tough for everyone. The new regulations mean that you have to do a further distance and reliability and everything will become a player.
"I'm excited about it. Tyres will undoubtedly be an issue because they always will be, but I'm comfortable with the team and where they have got to now in their understanding of improvements in the wind tunnel and understanding the development process through a season. I'm really confident that next year we will be in a competitive position."
Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg has already said he feels that the new season will be a huge opportunity
for the team on the back of a solid season in 2013, which has seen Hamilton and Rosberg share three wins between them.