Lewis Hamilton finishes 3rd in Melbourne

March 20th, 2012

Lewis Hamilton did very well by qualifying on pole position for the F1 season opener in Melbourne, Australia. The McLaren car looks to be in a much better shape now than it did at the beginning of the last two seasons.

However, the race did not go as well as Hamilton had hoped for. Jenson Button managed to overtake Lewis into the first corner as Hamilton was struggling with wheel-spin off the line. Then later Vettel managed to get into 2nd position during the safety car which was very unfortunate.

Lewis Hamilton’s comments after the Australian grand prix:

Congratulations to Jenson and the whole team for such a great result today.

While it’s a bit disappointing not to have been able to convert pole position into victory, I’m not downhearted – there are still plenty of races ahead and lots more opportunities to score points.

I struggled out there a little – it wasn’t my day. But what’s most important is that we showed today that we have a very quick racing car – that’s a massive positive for the team.

I’m not sure what happened at the start, but I lost ground and then suffered from tyre degradation at the end of the first stint. Then, at the end of the race, I wasn’t able to close the gap to Seb – he was very quick on the straights which meant that it was always going to be difficult to pass him – so I dropped back into some clear air, then Mark [Webber] put me under pressure.

I’ll just re-focus now, get my head down and look to the next race. The world championships are all about consistency, so that’s what I’ll be aiming for.

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