Britain's Lewis Hamilton says he is hopeful he will be able to fight to retain his F1 crown next season although he knows team-mate and arch rival Nico Rosberg will come back stronger.
Hamilton was officially crowned F1 world champion for the second time last night at the FIA Prize-Giving Gala in Qatar
and looking to 2015 he added that with the regulations staying the same that should work to his and Mercedes' advantage.
“Going into the next season, you are hoping that you will be competitive again, you hope you will have a chance to fight for the championship again,” Hamilton said in Doha.
“The good thing about this period of time in F1 is that when I won the championship in 2008, the following year we had a year like this with some new rules and regulations and as a team we did not do a good job to adapt to that, so I did not have a chance to fight to keep my championship. Next year will be an evolution of this year's car so I am hoping that we will be at least able to fight.”
“Nico [Rosberg – my team-mate] is going to come back stronger though and I will have to make sure I come back even stronger to stay ahead of him,” he added.
“Daniel Ricciardo has been doing an amazing job [too] and it will be interesting to see what Fernando [Alonso] does in his car.
“It is very difficult to know [who will be our main competition] but I don't particularly care who is behind! You don't care do you?
“You just want to look ahead!”