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Mercedes bank on Lewis Hamilton’s sixth sense in record-seeking season | Giles Richards | Sport

There are no illusions at Mercedes as to how tough a Formula One season lies ahead as the team principal, Toto Wolff, calmly sets out the scale of the challenge. They are attempting to become the first team to claim six consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles. Ferrari would like nothing better than to deny them and in doing so end their title drought. As they begin what is likely to be a season-long struggle this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix, Wolff was, however, relaxed and assured of one vital facet. He has the man behind the wheel who will make the difference. He has Lewis Hamilton.The British driver took his fifth title last year and only Michael Schumacher has more with seven, a once seemingly insurmountable tally that now looks to be achievable. Hamilton and Mercedes managed to secure both titles in 2018 despite a resurgent Ferrari. That the 34-year-old had it sewn up with two races to go reflected errors by the Scuderia and their driver Sebastian Vettel, but equally just how strong Hamilton and his team were in the second half of the season.Toto Wolff: ‘Lewis Hamilton is such a complex individual” Read more Wolff always insists victory is a team effort but recognises that, in Hamilton, he has a driver operating on a different level to his rivals. “It is one of the key differentiators, that the best guy out there first assesses and criticises himself, and then internally criticises the team, all in an environment of brutal honesty and transparency,” he says. “This is the difference, mentally and emotionally, between all the rest and him. His mental strength.“That brutal honesty within yourself and the team is so important – if you made a mistake, you had a bad day, or you could have reacted better – and that honesty with himself is one of his strengths.”Last season Ferrari enjoyed the better car for a long period but it was Mercedes who won the development war in the final third and Hamilton, always a strong finisher, stood astride their work with nary a chink in his armour. His motivation in his 13th season appears stronger than at any point in his career and is allied to a touch and judgment that at times is sublime and was notably lacking at key moments for Vettel.During winter testing Ferrari appeared to have the advantage and Hamilton was circumspect at Albert Park, acknowledging that he and his team might be on the back foot; but they once again looked strong in practice in Melbourne.“It’s not difficult to read it. I think it was quite clear,” he said. “We said we have work to do and we weren’t talking BS. We have...

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