Lewis Hamilton insists that there is no feeling of superiority within the Mercedes camp, despite the team leading both F1 championships and dominating in terms on race wins.
If any reminder was needed, Sebastian Vettel's victory for Ferrari in Hungary – allied to poor weekends for both Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg – served as a wake-up call to the Brackley outfit, reminding them that there was opposition from elsewhere in the field that could yet interfere in the title battle. Vettel returns after the summer break just 42 points shy of overall leader Hamilton, with nine rounds still to be run.
The reigning world champion, however, insists that Mercedes is not taking the Ferrari threat lightly.
“Naturally, we're here to win and we're focused on staying up front, but we are conscious and fully aware that other teams are pushing very hard,” he said on the eve of the Spa-Francorchamps event, “Ferrari are looking great, so we don't arrive at any race thinking that we are superior to anyone. We know that we have a fight on our hands so we're going to work and try to work harder than them.”
Ironically, Hamilton increased his championship advantage over Rosberg despite what he termed as 'a very bad day at the office' in Budapest, but says that that does not convince him that 2015 is going to be his year.
“I think the team effort that goes in, seeing how hard my team works, seeing the progress that we're making, encourages me to think that this can be our year,” he countered, “We've just got to keep our heads down [and know] you can't win them all.”