Hamilton: "I head into 2011 in a relaxed but determined frame of mind"
Lewis Hamilton was in Berlin alongside team mate Jenson Button on Friday morning to launch McLaren's 2011 challenger, the MP4-26. Speaking at the event in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz, where hundreds of fans had gathered to get their first glimpse of the new car, Hamilton spoke of his determination for the season ahead. "I head into 2011 in a relaxed but determined frame of mind" the McLaren driver said "I’ve spared nothing during my winter fitness preparations and, in many ways, I feel as fit, focused and refreshed as I did ahead of my first season in Formula 1 in 2007. “Having spent the past few weeks talking with our designers and engineers, I feel extremely happy that we’ve created a car that will once again allow us to fight at the front." “This will be my fifth season in Formula 1. I’m an experienced driver now, and I’ve won the world championship, scored lots of pole positions and taken many race wins. So my aim for this year is to ensure that everything comes together in the best possible way and that, like last year, I’m able to fight for the title right down to the final race. Although, the British driver did highlight that it won't be an easy task, especially with the 2011 driver line-up including five world champions. Hamilton said: “Of course, Jenson and I will be racing alongside three fellow world champions in 2011, and that’s a testament to the strength of Formula 1 right now. It’s incredibly hard to say who’ll be up at the front, but I’m an absolute racer and I’m looking forward to some fantastic, close racing and another thrilling conclusion to the season – hopefully with a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver on top!”