Lewis Hamilton not one to shy away from a challenge

The Mercedes driver launched the competition, which attracted more than 8,000 entries, last month. I'm hoping they do something new.

F1 pre-season testing gets underway at Circuit de Catalunya on the 27th February with Mercedes employing its previous policy of splitting driver duties each morning and afternoon between Hamilton and Bottas. I win the championship and then I want to fight for it again the next year.

Mercedes, who have won 51 of the last 59 races, will start the season expected to continue their dominance.

"When we get in the vehicle we will be faced with the unknown: I don't know how hard it will be for the body, I don't know how later l am going to be able to brake, I don't know how much faster I will be able to go through corners".

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"It was damp when I was out so I was on the wet tyres initially", Hamilton said.

"There still is a great following in Formula One and I am excited for the new owners coming in and I hope they do something new".

"This year I started a little bit later - usually I start in December, and this year it was January".

"My engineers say it's going to be a lot harder to overtake this year", Hamilton, the 2008, 2014 and 2015 world champion, said. "I see no reason why that wouldn't be possible".

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Speaking to journalists, the three-time world champion offered his opinion on the subject of Rosberg quitting the sport saying he can understand the feeling of wanting to do something different. "I think that if I couldn't compare or couldn't be quicker than Lewis, I would rather stay at home".

"Yesterday was the first time seeing the auto come together, it's the most detailed piece of machinery I've seen so far in Formula One".

Even if the cars do work out for the best, Hamilton is unconvinced it will be an elixir for the sport that used to attract viewers because of its sexy image, dramatic rivalries and unprecedented danger.

"I think there's a lot of catching up to do", he added.

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"We didn't have max power today so I don't get to unleash it until next week", Hamilton added. I would not expect anything but the best from him.


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