Williams compelled to withdraw from opening day of F1 pre-season testing

Lewis Hamilton has delivered an ominous warning to his Method One rivals by vowing to enhance on his virtually flawless championship-winning marketing campaign.

Hamilton emerged from his winter hibernation at Silverstone on Wednesday to see the Mercedes he hopes will hearth him to a sixth world title.

The 34-year-old British driver delivered the season of his profession, profitable 11 of the 21 races, to beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and safe his fifth championship with two rounds to spare final yr.

And as he enters the primary marketing campaign of the brand new two-year Mercedes deal which can earn him £40million-a-season, a fully-refreshed Hamilton is able to proceed his dominance of the game.

“2018 was an important yr, however I really feel like 2019 could be even higher,” he stated.

“I wish to obtain extra, I wish to proceed to maintain pushing. I really feel energised and I’m able to assault.”

Hamilton, who will probably be partnered at Mercedes for a 3rd successive season by Valtteri Bottas, will get his first style of the brand new Silver Arrows throughout a personal filming occasion at Silverstone on Wednesday afternoon.

The Englishman has saved a comparatively low profile over the low season, spending time in America, whereas additionally attending the Tremendous Bowl earlier this month.

Hamilton added: “I had an important Christmas with my household after which I went snowmobiling, I went snowboarding, I went browsing with Kelly Slater, which was wonderful.

“I utterly switched off from racing for some time, making an attempt to focus and re-centre myself and coaching laborious for the brand new season.

“I’m actually trying ahead to the subsequent step of our journey along with Mercedes and embarking on what’s not been achieved earlier than.”

Toto Wolff, the Mercedes group principal, stated: “After we met after the winter break, Lewis was refreshed.

“He’s extraordinarily hungry and needs to begin racing once more.”

The opening winter check will get beneath manner in Barcelona on Monday earlier than Hamilton opens his championship defence in Melbourne on March 17.

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