Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton excited for European leg

Lewis Hamilton Formula One Mercedes Driver

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Lewis Hamilton insists he is looking forward to the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona next weekend as he looks to keep the good start to the season going for Mercedes.

Mercedes who are priced at 1.03 to win the Constructors Championship have set the pace in the early stages of the 2014 campaign, securing four victories from the opening four races.

Hamilton’s team mate Nico Rosberg claimed the chequered flag in the opening race of the season and the Brit has been at the front of the pack for the following three events. Mercedes’ rival teams have largely struggled to adapt to the change in rules this season with Red Bull only claiming one podium finish so far.

The former McLaren man, Hamilton, has failed to win at the Circuit de Catalunya on his previous visits, although he has finished on the podium three times.

Hamilton said: “It’s been good to have a bit of a break between races, for us as drivers and also for the team who have been working flat out for so many weeks.

“Barcelona is a great place to have the first European round on the calendar. It’s a circuit we all know very well, although this is the first time in my Formula 1 career that I have raced there without testing at the circuit during the winter, and the Spanish crowds are really passionate about their racing.”

The 29-year-old sits second in the drivers’ standings, having failed to finish in Melbourne, four points adrift of Rosberg, who finished runner-up in all three of his team-mate’s wins, as Mercedes look to strengthen their grip at the top of the table with another strong showing in Spain.

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