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Lewis Hamilton rules out F1 world title bid

By Phil Duncan PUBLISHED: 15:49, 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:05, 22 February 2013 Lewis Hamilton might have predicted his Mercedes will be off the pace when the Formula 1 world championship begins next month but the British driver is in pole position when it comes to body art.The 28-year-old had a tattoo inked on to his arm in the Mercedes motor home following another day of testing in Barcelona.But the former McLaren racer doesn’t expect to be challenging for honours come the end of the season. Getting to work: Lewis Hamilton has his new tattoo inked on to his arm in the Mercedes motor home Blow: Lewis Hamilton doesn’t believe his Mercedes is quick enough to challenge for a world title in 2013 Speaking at the conclusion of the second pre-season test in Barcelona, Hamilton said: ‘We’re not looking at wins at the moment. We’re hoping to get into the points and fight for top 10. ‘People are talking us up at the moment – Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso saying we’re going to be competing for the world championship. Well, I really don’t see that happening at the moment. ‘Of course that’s our goal. But you’ve got to remember the car was more than a second off, sometimes two seconds off, last year and we’ve not caught two seconds up, and the new teams will have put another second on this year and we’ve not caught up three seconds. That’s just a fact. ‘Hopefully by the end of the year we will have gained three seconds but definitely not at the beginning.’ Off track: Hamilton is concerned this year’s Mercedes could start the season well off the pace Mercedes started last season strongly after Nico Rosberg secured the team’s only race victory in their current guise at the Chinese Grand Prix. But the Brackley-based constructor finished the season in a lowly fifth scoring points on just one occasion in the last five races. And when pushed on whether this year’s Mercedes was an improvement on the McLaren he drove last term, Hamilton said: ‘No. The downforce factor is what everyone’s pushing on. Centre of attention: Hamilton has signed a three-year deal with Mercedes ‘The team has won a race so they have clearly not such a bad foundation in terms of the mechanical side of the car but it’s downforce where we need to improve.’ He added:…

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