I'm as ready as I can be, says Hamilton

Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:47pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton wrapped up his pre-season testing with another fastest lap for Mercedes on Saturday.

The Briton, still feeling the lingering effects of a bug that laid him low in last week's second test, produced a best time of one minute 23.022 seconds on the soft tires at the Circuit de Catalunya.

That was 0.240 of a second quicker than Felipe Massa in the Williams, although the Brazilian set his lap on faster supersoft tires, but still slower than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg's 1.22.792 on Friday.

Hamilton will make his next appearance in the car in Friday practice for the March 15 Melbourne season-opener, a race he failed to finish last year.

"It's been generally quite good," he said when asked to sum up his winter testing program. "Great job done by the team and everyone at the factory to get all the components here. Reliability has been strong."

The 30-year-old double champion said every winter was different and felt he was heading for Australia "as good as we can be."

The Briton could certainly have sounded better, however.

"I should be fine," he told reporters as night fell on the circuit. "The bug's been around...my mum, my sister, my nephew, several of my engineers have it so it's just some nasty bug that's going around.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leaves from his garage during pre-season testing at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain in this file photo taken on February 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo