Lewis Hamilton optimistic about new Mercedes after Barcelona testing

• Champion sets fastest time and says ‘so far it’s positive’
• Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel tips Mercedes as favourite for title

Lewis Hamilton is cautiously optimistic over the performance of his new Mercedes car having finally managed to achieve some meaningful running on the final day of Formula One’s opening test in Barcelona.

The four-times world champion, who will begin the defence of his title in Australia on 25 March, completed 69 laps and set the fastest time of the week.

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