The Finn definitely had a spring in his step as he made his way to the Mercedes garage and to his new ride, which he described as ‘the best looking car I’ve ever seen’.
When he stepped out a little later on after taking the Silver Arrows for a spin, he was even more enthusiastic.
“I’ve never driven a car with that much downforce!,’ he said.
The jury is still out on whether Mercedes’ new recruit, who has yet to win a Grand Prix, can beat Hamilton on his own merit.
Regardless of what pundits believe, the Finn is convinced he can do it.
“The stopwatch is not going to lie,” he said. “We will see very soon how everything goes.
“But if I thought that I couldn’t compare or be quicker than Lewis, I would rather stay at home. I do believe in my skills and that it is possible – but I do need to go step by step, day by day, race by race.
“It is a big learning curve for me, and we still haven’t done a single lap together in the same car, so it is only guessing how we will compare. But we will find out soon.”
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In light of last season’s heated on-track confrontations between Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes is keen to apply deterrents this year while letting its drivers the freedom to race.
“That is an internal paper that has grown over the years, with experience, Wolff said at the team’s launch today, referring to Mercedes’ rules of engagement.
“Still, when you look at Abu Dhabi it proved to have blank spots. So it’s something you want to continue to do and develop for the benefit of the team, the drivers and the spectators.
“The basic concept will stay in place, we are maybe going to call it differently and trim it a little bit, add the bits that were missing, but not make it a complex regulation.”
While drivers will remain under tight scrutiny, Wolff admitted it could be a very different state of affairs at Mercedes compared to last season’s contentious relationship, especially if the German manufacturer sees its dominance greatly reduced.
“We have to see how the season gets started anyway, it might be completely different in terms of the dynamics between the drivers and the dynamic with other teams. But the basic concept stays, yes.”
A documentary on the extraordinary life and times of motor racing legend and pioneer Bruce McLaren will soon hitting the big screen.
The inspirational story of the founder of McLaren, a man whose passion and tenacity made him such an emblematic figure, has been put on film by acclaimed director Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days, The World’s Fastest Indian) and is set for a release later this year.
The film features contributions from Emerson Fittipaldi, Alastair Caldwell, Chris Amon, Howden Ganley, Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney and Sir Jackie Stewart, and unprecedented access to the McLaren family and archives.
The story of New Zealands favourite son, the father of one of motorsport’s most famous racing empires is a tale of outstanding commitment and drive, and one which should not be missed.
A short trailer of the film, above, offers a glimpse of what looks like a must-see movie for any McLaren or motorsport fan.