Hamilton says he's no contender

Lewis Hamilton has dismissed claims from Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso that he will be in the hunt for this season's world title.

On a rain-hit final day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona, Hamilton finished top of the standings in his Mercedes, but it was 1.4 seconds adrift of the fastest time this week - by the driver who replaced him at McLaren, Sergio Perez.

Lewis Hamilton. Credit: AFP

“I think people are talking us up at the moment,” said Hamilton. “Vettel, and maybe Fernando, were saying I'm maybe going to be competing for the world championship, but I really don't see that happening at the moment.

“You have to remember the car was over a second off, sometimes two seconds off, last year and we've not caught up a second.” -The Independent