Lewis Hamilton was all smiles during preseason testing. (Photo: Getty Images)

was all smiles during preseason testing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Not surprisingly Lewis Hamilton is keen to play down his role as a favorite for the 2014 Formula 1 title, and he insists that it’s too early to jump to any conclusions.

“We’ve had a good winter, we’ve done everything we could possibly do to be as ready as we are,” he said today. “But we haven’t started the race yet so we don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re just going to keep our heads down and keep focussing on what we’re doing, and not be disturbed or distracted by what other people are doing, and just stay on track.

“It’s always nice to have positive comments, positive feedback, people thinking positively about me, but I don’t remember what it was in the past, and it was irrelevant back then as well. We’ve got a lot of tough drivers out there this weekend, we don’t know whose going to be at the top, we’ve just got to make sure we do everything OK.”

Lewis has some interesting thoughts whether or not this is is best chance to end the long drought since his 2008 title win.

“Everyone’s talking us up and predicting the future, but we really can’t say what’s going to happen this weekend. We know that we’re strong, as I’ve said we’ve not left any stone unturned, we’ve done absolutely everything we could possibly do. We’re hoping we can be at the front, that’s our goal, but we can say that’s going to be the case.

“So coming here, knowing that this is the best chance out of all the years… I don’t know, I haven’t even got in the car and out on the track here. I had a great year in 2012, I had a good, strong year, I had an opportunity probably in 2010, and probably in 2011 I think, when Jenson was second, which I didn’t optimize on. So I’ve had some chances in the past.

“It is a long, long time since I won the World Championship, it feels like a lifetime ago, but I’m still here and just as motivated – and actually I think a lot more than what I was before, more focussed than ever before. If the package is there and we all do the job, there is no reason why we can’t fight at the front again.”

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