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Motor racing: Hamilton not buying into the Mercedes hype

Published on Mar 13, 2014 5:16 PM
 
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain is wired up with a microphone ahead of a press conference for the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, on March 13, 2014. Lewis Hamilton has had little call to hose down expectations since joining Mercedes, but the Briton has been on the front foot to stifle hype ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after a promising period of testing. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Lewis Hamilton has had little call to hose down expectations since joining Mercedes, but the Briton has been on the front foot to stifle hype ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after a promising period of testing.

The Formula One teams wrapped up pre-season testing in Bahrain earlier this month with Hamilton on top of the time sheets and his team looking clear favourites to win at Albert Park on Sunday.

With constructors' champions Red Bull and other teams still grappling with the new turbo-charged hybrid engine, rival drivers at Albert Park added fuel to the fire by tipping Mercedes to cross first in Melbourne.

Felipe Massa, who will race with Williams this season after a long stint at Ferrari, went so far as to tip them to win the constructors' championship, but Hamilton was having none of the cheek.

 
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