Lewis Hamilton

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.

“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