Lewis Hamilton is hoping to draw a line under the reliability problems Mercedes have experienced during the first half of the season.
Hamilton failed to finish in Australia and Canada due to technical problems, and team mate Nico Rosberg was sidelined while leading the British Grand Prix last week.
That allowed Hamilton to move within four points of Rosberg heading into this weekend’s German Grand Prix.
“I feel like I’ve been on the back foot all year,” said Hamilton, “only briefly leading the championship despite taking the wins I’ve had, so to have got myself just about level was exactly what I needed.”
“It’s almost a fresh start heading into the second half of the season and it’s going to be a really close battle between us.”
Mercedes have only been beaten this year on occasions when their cars have been slowed or forced to retire due to technical problems, as Rosberg did at Silverstone.
“Of course, you never want to see your team-mate fall away, but hopefully we can now strike a line under the retirements and push each other all the way on track,” Hamilton added.
“You can’t have everything – the best car, the best pace, the best speed at the end of the straight and perfect reliability – because things are on the limit. But I know how hard the team are working to get as close to that benchmark as we can possibly be.”
2014 German Grand Prix
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- Cause of Hamilton’s brake failure ‘still unclear’
- Three-in-a-row for Bottas in Driver of the Weekend
- Hockenheim continues 2014’s run of top races
- 2014 German Grand Prix team radio transcript
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