Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes knows it is in a strong position but doesn't feel like 2014 marks his best chance to win a second drivers' championship.

Having taken the title in only his second season in F1 - driving for McLaren in 2008 - Hamilton has only been in with a chance of the championship at the last race on one occasion since. With Mercedes emerging as the pre-season favourites after a strong winter of testing, Hamilton was asked how it feels to have his best chance of adding to his championship tally but said he doesn't see this year as any different to previous seasons.

"Everyone is talking us up and everyone is predicting the future but we really can't say what is going to happen this weekend" Hamilton said. "We know that we are strong, we haven't left any stone unturned, we've done absolutely everything we can possibly do. So we're hoping that we're going to be at the front - that's our goal - but we can't say that's going to be the case.

"So, coming here knowing that this is the best chance of all the years? I don't know, I've not even got in the car out on track yet. I had a great year in 2012 which was another good, strong year. I had an opportunity in 2010, probably 2011 when Jenson [Button] was second which I didn't optimise on. So I've had some chances in the past.

"It is a long, long time since I won the world championship. It feels like a lifetime ago, but I am still here, I'm still just as motivated if not a lot more than I ever was before. I'm more focused than ever before, so if the package is there and we all do the job then there is no reason why we can't fight at the front again."

Having been made an early favourite for the drivers' title, Hamilton said he didn't feel any difference to previous years even if there is more expectation on him.

"I just haven't really noticed it. It's always nice to have some positive comments, positive feedback and people saying positive things about me but I don't remember what it was in the past. We've got a lot of tough drivers out there this weekend, we don't know who is going to be at the top so I've got to make sure I do everything I can."



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