Lewis Hamilton: ‘Attention was elsewhere’ after winning F1 title last season

Published: Monday 22nd February 2016 by The News Editor

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed his “attention was elsewhere” after he won last year’s Formula One World Championship.

Hamilton, who was in action for the first winter test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Monday, sealed his third title with three races left on the calender.

But his fierce rival, and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, dominated the final rounds. Hamilton meanwhile was involved in a road car crash in his home residence of Monaco in the days leading up to the penultimate race in Brazil.

“I’m not really too fussed about what happened in the final few races of 2015 as it didn’t affect my championship”, said Hamilton.

“Of course, I love winning and that’s always the goal – but to be honest my attention was elsewhere at that point.

“It had been such a successful season and you can’t win them all, so that was my feeling at the end of the year.”

Hamilton and Rosberg rolled out their new Mercedes in the Barcelona pit lane ahead of the first morning of this week’s four-day test.

With few changes to the sporting regulations over the winter, Mercedes, who have won 32 of the last 38 races, are expected to lead the way again this season.

Hamilton will be bidding to become the first British driver to win four titles when the season gets under way in Melbourne next month.

And the 31-year-old says his winless streak at the back end of last season will act as his motivation heading into the new campaign.

Reflecting on the final three grands prix of last season, Hamilton said: “If anything, it motivated me. It made me think ‘okay, next year Nico is going to be super quick and super strong, so I’ve got to make sure I raise the bar again’.

“That’s the big question – how do you do that? I’ve achieved it in each of the last two years – but to do it again for a third time will be tough, no doubt.

“That’s the unknown – but I’ve been in the simulator recently and thankfully I can still drive, so that’s a start.”

With nearly four hours of the opening day gone, Hamilton had completed more laps than any other runner, but was 0.203 seconds slower than the early pace-setter of Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari.

Published: Monday 22nd February 2016 by The News Editor

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