Lewis Hamilton hoping for winter Mercedes push

Lewis Hamilton takes a break during the qualifying session at Hungaroring on July 27, 2013
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Lewis Hamilton believes that a strong winter will bring Mercedes closer to Red Bull at the start of 2014.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is confident that hard work over the winter will mean a stronger showing for himself and the team next year.

The Briton finished fourth in the drivers' rankings, 208 points behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, but the 2008 World champion believes that the extra effort before the start of 2014 will pull the Silver Arrows closer.

He was quoted by The Metro as saying: "There are so many things I have been learning, with lots of problems throughout the season.

"Nico has been here from the first year, so the stuff I'm learning I'm sure is similar to what he was learning in the first year."

Hamilton achieved his first win with Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix back in July.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive during practice for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 22, 2013
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1Mercedes161
2Ferrari153
3Red Bull72
4Force India53
5Toro Rosso21
6Williams-Mercedes18
7Renault14
8Haas9
9Sauber4
10McLaren0
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1Sebastian VettelFerrari104
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes98
3Valtteri BottasMercedes63
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari49
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull37
6Max VerstappenRed Bull35
7Sergio PerezForce India34
8Esteban OconForce India19
9Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes18
10Carlos SainzToro Rosso17
11Nico HulkenbergRenault14
12Romain GrosjeanHaas5
13Kevin MagnussenHaas4
14Pascal WehrleinSauber4
15Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
16Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes0
17Marcus EricssonSauber0
18Jolyon PalmerRenault0
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren0
20Fernando AlonsoMcLaren0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0