Lewis Hamilton plans to 'just keep nagging' new Mercedes team

Hamilton and new team-mate Nico Rosberg yesterday unveiled the W04 in Jerez

Lewis Hamilton plans on becoming a right nag in a bid to hopefully turn Mercedes into winners.

Hamilton and new team-mate Nico Rosberg yesterday unveiled the W04 in Jerez, splitting a run-out of 50 kilometres apiece in the car for an allowed promotional filming day.

Although only using demonstration tyres, there were enough positive vibes from both drivers to suggest Mercedes could improve on their abysmal record of just one win in the past three years.

Rosberg will get the first true run-out in testing today, followed by Hamilton tomorrow, after which he has every intention of letting the technical boffins at Mercedes know exactly his thoughts.

With everything new to Hamilton, it is a case of learning as quickly as he possibly can in just six days of testing overall ahead of the opening grand prix in Australia on March 17.

"I'll maximise every second I have in the car," said Hamilton.

"Even after I got out of the car (yesterday) I made some notes in a notepad, which is something I've done in the past.

"There is so much going on, and so many things to comment on, be it the ride of the car, pitstop lights, or the buttons on the steering wheel. There is so much to think about.

"Then there is the way they speak to you, or the way they refer to things. They keep saying things I'm not familiar with. It's all new procedures.

"So I'll take every second and make sure I maximise every opportunity I have, and use every skill and all the experience I have.

"I'm also asking them if there's anything else they need me to do, and I'm making myself as available as possible for any questions.

"This week I was grilling the aerodynamicist and asking questions about the car and pushing for certain things that should be added that other teams have.

"There's not much more I can do, apart from just keep nagging."

Wearing a different race suit - other than McLaren - at a circuit for the first time in his F1 career was also a novel experience for the 28-year-old.

Hamilton had to ensure he at least made his way to the right team motorhome for starters when he entered the paddock.

"Driving past my normal motorhome and buses, it was very strange to do that," added Hamilton.

"Normally I'm looking out for them, and I had no idea where this team was.

"In putting on a different suit, only when I was in the car did I start to realise there is a massive difference compared to what I experienced before."

Asked as to the biggest difference with his new team compared to McLaren, there was an eye-opening answer which shed light on how he felt towards the end of his time with the Woking-based marque.

"I'm just happier," said Hamilton.

Asked to expand, he added: "I'm happy I've a new challenge, happy I've a new start, happy it's a fresh chapter in my life.

"I'm happy I've this excitement. I don't know if the car's going to be good or bad.

"So I'm happy and excited because I know I can contribute, and with a lot of hard work and perseverance we can get there, so I'm happy about that."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence