World Champion Lewis Hamilton is confident that he and Mercedes will be in a good position to defend their Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles in 2015.

Speaking at the FIA Prize Giving Gala where he was officially awarded the 2015 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship title, the Englishman spoke to the relative stability of the technical and sporting regulations being factors in his chances next year.

“Going into next season, you’re hoping that you will be competitive again. You hope you’ll have a chance to fight for the championship again,” he said.

“The good thing about this period of time in Formula 1 is that when I won the championship in 2008, the following year we had a year like this [2014] with some new rules and regulations and, as a team, [McLaren] didn’t do a good job to adapt to that, so I didn’t have a chance to fight to keep my championship. Next year will be an evolution of this year’s car so I’m hoping that we’ll be at least able to fight.”

Hamilton said he was prepared that his teammate Nico Rosberg will pose an even tougher test, after pushing him all the way to this year’s season finale in Abu Dhabi.

“Nico’s going to come back stronger and I’ll have to make sure I come back even stronger to stay ahead of him,” he explained.

“Daniel [Ricciardo] has also been doing an amazing job this year, and it will be interesting to see what Fernando [Alonso] does in his car.”

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Blaž Štremfelj

Journalist at MotorsportM8