Hamilton's will to win

PUBLISHED: 11:15 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

LEWIS Hamilton is gunning for glory as the countdown to the new F1 season starts in earnest. The motor racing sensation from Herts will line-up on the starting grid for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in 43 days time. Hamilton, who grew up with hi

LEWIS Hamilton is gunning for glory as the countdown to the new F1 season starts in earnest.

The motor racing sensation from Herts will line-up on the starting grid for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in 43 days' time.

Hamilton, who grew up with his family in Tewin, was FIA World Championship runner-up in his rookie season and hopes to go one better this time around.

The 23-year-old McLaren driver ominously warned his rivals: "I want to win. I want to work harder than ever and I want to do whatever I can to win for sure."

Hamilton was pipped to the world crown last year by just one point by Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen.

He sees the Ferraris of Räikkönen and Felipe Massa as being major challengers again this year.

And he expects former-team Fernando Alonso, who has returned to Renault, to be in contention at the front of the grid.

After testing at Valencia last month, Hamilton said: "Ferrari obviously have really good pace, but I think we do too."

Hamilton hopes the season isn't a two-horse race between his McLaren team and Ferrari though.

"I hope that Renault is with us and that we have more teams up the front and not just Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Ferrari.

"I hope that Renault is there. It would be great to see Williams back at the front too, but we will have to wait and see.

"It is not easy. The top teams have great cars and when you are slightly a step behind it is difficult to catch that step up as everyone always makes the same step forward."

As for Alonso, who had a number of disagreements with McLaren last year, Hamilton added: "I think the team (Renault) have learnt perhaps from last year and I think for sure they have made a better car.

"So hopefully they will do a better job this year. I wish Fernando all the best."

Hamilton is testing out in Barcelona, Spain, today.

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