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More to come from Mercedes - Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton: "I know there is much more to come so we will keep working hard" © Getty Images
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Lewis Hamilton says there is more to come over the next few races after a strong start to his Mercedes career at the opening rounds of the 2013 season.

Hamilton finished fifth in Australia and took a podium at the Malaysian Grand Prix, underlining the promising pace the new W04 showed in testing. Mercedes stuggled to maintain a decent rate of development last year, but he is confident of improvements over the next two rounds.

"We've had a better start than we expected and to have finished in fifth and third places so far is really positive," he said. "I know there is much more to come so we will keep working hard and pushing the development of the car. I'll be at the factory this weekend and look forward to hearing about the work that's gone on in the last couple of weeks and the upgrades that we will take to China."

Team-mate Nico Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix last year and is heading to Shanghai with a "positive feeling" about how this year's car will perform there.

"I travel to China next week with very good memories from winning my first Formula One race in Shanghai last year, and having led the race there for the past three years," Rosberg said. "I enjoy the Shanghai track a great deal and I have a positive feeling going there with the car that we have at the moment. The team have been working very hard to develop our car since returning from Malaysia and I will be at the factory on Monday to complete my preparations in the simulator for the next two races. We've had a strong start to the season and I'm confident that we can keep pushing and hopefully score some good results in China and Bahrain."

However, team principal Ross Brawn is not underestimating the task at hand.

"Our season has started well, perhaps better than we expected, however we're fully aware that there is still a gap to close and that we must keep up the pace of development. A lot of hard work has taken place at our factories over the last two weeks to do just that and I look forward to seeing how that translates to track performance."