But Ferrari appeared to boast the pace advantage in pre-season testing in Barcelona, with Hamilton himself admitting that the Scuderia may even have a half-a-second edge per lap.
But he added: "It's a tough weekend ahead of us".
"I hope that this year we get to have a lot of fun".
He added it was not just about "who comes out of the blocks quickest", but who could best develop the vehicle throughout the long, 21-race season.
Ferrari have endured a torrid decade, having not won the drivers' championship since Kimi Raikkonen lifted the trophy in 2007, or the constructors' since 2008.
Asked if Ferrari were in a better situation now than 12 months ago, the 31-year-old replied: "Yeah quite frankly because last year's winter testing didn't go well for us". 'So far, the spirit is right, the team is on track, the auto feels good so let's see how we start the year.' Hamilton, meanwhile, is braced for a scrap.
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"We are immensely proud to announce this exciting partnership with the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, which shares numerous same values as St Hugo, a fine wine created to honour the love between a father and son to continue on his winemaking legacy", he said.
"After a test, you always improve the next day as the auto gets older and older throughout the test", he added.!It wears and then you go away, you analyse where you've been.
CHiQ, made a big splash at CES 2019, showcasing its new 8K and stylish televisions., it's still unknown whether we will be seeing their premium models in Australia. So whoever is quickest this weekend, it doesn't really matter as long as it's close.
"We're free to race like every single year", Hamilton said. It matters who improves the most. "We think they're going to be strong because Honda looks strong now as well and they've always had a good auto". [And] I think it's a case of adding pure performance, but even then we know we haven't unlocked the full potential of the vehicle.
The Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019 is the opening round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and one of Australia's premier, sporting and social events on a global level. After all, they have yet to be beaten to a world championship in the five-year history of Formula 1's hybrid era.
Max Verstappen, who at 17 was the youngest driver ever to start a race, is now a 21-year-old "veteran" in his fifth season and the main man at Red Bull, who also have 23-year-old Frenchman Pierre Gasly racing for them.