MERC ON TOP: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, winner of the season-opening 2015 Australian F1 GP, finds it 'interesting' that Red Bull would complain after one race in 2015. Image: AP / Joshua Paul
SEPANG, Malaysia - Reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton is amused by Red Bull's complaints about Mercedes' ongoing dominance in Formula 1, accusing the sport's preceding power of double standards.
Mercedes is expected to dominate the 2015 Malaysian GP on March 29, just as it dominated the season-opener in Australia with a one-two finish, and the entire 2014 season.
The huge edge Mercedes enjoys prompted calls for rule changes to make F1 racing closer, and after the Melbourne procession, Red Bull even floated the idea of withdrawing from the sport if the situation does not improve.
'I FIND IT QUITE FUNNY'
Hamilton said: "I genuinely find it quite funny. It's an interesting opinion coming from individuals who had so much success. To already have comment after one race I find quite funny."
He noted that Red Bull saw no problem with the sport when it was dominating and Sebastian Vettel won four consecutive championships. Mercedes had simply done a better job than its rivals, who needed to work harder to catch up rather than seek to change the rules.
Hamilton said: "Not once did this team ever complain to others to equalise things. Now we are the best team, we pulled together and did an amazing job."
The re-introduction of mid-season engine upgrades in 2015 does promise closer racing late in 2015 meanwhile Mercedes is expected to remain in a class of its own at the front of the field in Malaysia and beyond.
FERRARI'S 'HUGE STEP' FORWARD
Hamilton was wary of Ferrari's performance during race-pace long runs in Melbourne and saw the Italian team as the main threat. "Definitely Ferrari has made a huge step. The team put in some really spectacular sectors in the last race weekend."
Hamilton cheekily invited Vettel to his team's engineering briefing at Sepang after Vettel accepted an offer from Mercedes' Nico Rosberg made during the post-race media conference in Australia.
However, Mercedes later broadened the offer to any rival team to attend. Ferrari said neither the team nor Vettel would accept the offer.
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