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Plenty more to come from Mercedes - Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes still has work to do to perfect its set-up despite a hugely impressive start to the 2015 season on Friday in Australia.

Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg led a Mercedes one-two in either session, with the gap to the team's nearest rivals suggesting the team has retained much of the advantage it enjoyed last year. Despite the strong showing Hamilton knows Mercedes will not rest on its laurels ahead of FP3 and qualifying on Saturday.

"It was a normal Friday really," Hamilton said. "Normal like last year, we had a great car, great speed, but still it's a difficult day and still the car is not perfect, so that is something we need to work on.

When asked if Mercedes had an easy weekend ahead of it, Hamilton said: "Definitely not. It's obviously going to be very close and I still have a lot of work to do with balance. Mercedes has done an amazing job and we are here fighting for a race that we have the potential of winning. I've still got work to do with the set-up but that's about it."

Hamilton thinks it would be foolish to write off Mercedes' rivals after just two Friday practice sessions and expects a close fight over the weekend.

"The information we have shows pretty good pace, but there are still some quick cars out there and we can't go into tomorrow's session not thinking that those are going to be quick. I feel I have a little bit or work to do before tomorrow. I'm not 100% comfy with the car, but that's to be expected because it's the first day."

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