McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has conceded he struggled 'a little' today during the season opening Australian Grand Prix.
Hamilton had put his car on pole position on Saturday, but after a poor start he dropped behind his team-mate, Jenson Button and then never really looked like challenging him.
Indeed the 27-year-old lost time when he got stuck behind Sauber's Sergio Perez following his first pit stop, and then to add to his misery he lost out when the safety car was deployed, dropping him behind Sebastian Vettel to third.
“I struggled out there a little – it wasn't my day,” Hamilton said after the race at Melbourne's Albert Park. “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.”
Despite his disappointment though, Hamilton did take some solace from the pace of the MP4-27 and of course the 15 points he claimed for third.
“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,” he continued.
“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. Congratulations to Jenson and the whole team for such a great result today.
“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,” he concluded.