Lewis Hamilton has commended his Mercedes W04 in the aftermath of his maiden win for his new team.
The Brit was widely criticised when it was announced that he would be leaving McLaren to team up with Ross Brawn. But those opinions now seem very inaccurate following his first victory for the Silver Arrows.
Meanwhile, McLaren's highest finish this year was Jenson Button's fifth-place in China.
In an interview with the Independent, Hamilton expressed his delight at how his current car has been performing this year.
"The Mercedes is different to other cars I've driven. It's one of the best. The 2008 McLaren was pretty good. I want to say the Mercedes is even better than that," he told the British newspaper.
Five years have passed since Hamilton dramatically sealed the driver's title in Brazil, and he feels that this is arguably his best chance to challenge for the championship since then.
As Formula 1 enters its annual summer break, the former McLaren man did enough in Hungary to put himself back into contention with frontrunners Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.
His confidence in the car could be a key factor as he vies to reduce the deficit to the German, who currently tops the standings by 38 points.
"This year I feel I have a car that can win ten races. The tyres are going to play a massive part but I truly believe in this car. It feels awesome," declared the rejuvenated Hamilton.
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