F1 »

Hamilton delighted with maiden Mercedes outing

Lewis Hamilton had much to celebrate after the Australian GP, despite missing out on a podium finish after battling hard all afternoon.
Lewis Hamilton said that he was thrilled with the way that his first race outing in Mercedes team colours had gone, after finishing in fifth place in the 2013 F1 Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne.

"I'm happy with our result today and it's much better than we expected for the first race of the season," he told reporters in Albert Park after the race. "I think it's great, I'm very happy, it's way better than we ever expected in the first race of the season. It's a great place to start.

"The car felt really good out there," he continued. "I had a strong first stint and was able to make the supersofts last longer than most of the others." Hamilton ran as high as second place after getting the jump on Red Bull off the line, but quickly fell foul of the two Ferraris in the opening laps while Hamilton was focussing on minimising tyre wear as much as possible.

Despite his best efforts, he admitted that it still wasn't quite good enough to meet the requirements for a two-stop race. "We'd planned for two stops but converted to a three-stop strategy during the race," he said.

We had a very good opening stint of the race, making the supersoft tyre last until lap 13 for Lewis," elaborated Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn. "That convinced us that a two-stop strategy was feasible this afternoon. However, the balance on the medium tyre was not what we needed.

"Having committed to two stops, and adjusted our pace accordingly to preserve the tyres, the decision to convert to a three-stop strategy compromised Lewis relative to those cars who had gone for three from the start," he explained.

After that, Hamilton was battling hard just to maintain position and it was clear that at this early stage of the season the Mercedes simply didn't have the raw race pace of many of their rivals.

"I don't quite know where we lost the ground to the cars ahead so we'll have a look at the race again now and figure it out," he admitted. "The car was feeling pretty good so I don't really understand why other people were pulling away.

He added, "The important thing is that we have a car that we can really work with and the team have done a fantastic job to get us to this position."

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
16.03.2013- Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
(L to R): Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal with Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director.
16.03.2013- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
15.03.2013- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
15.03.2013- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
15.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
15.03.2013- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso - Mercedes, McLaren
Chase Carey, Ross Brawn & Sean Bratches
George Russell, Mercedes junior programme, [Credit: Mercedes]
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Ayrton Senna - McLaren. 1993 Donington Park
Nigel Mansell - McLaren-Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

Chris - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 11:55 AM
Last Edited 1436 days ago

But Taipan, Rosberg finished 57 seconds back in 12th last year? So they had a better start this year in terms of performance. Rosberg got no points until the freak win in China last year. But I suppose you'll somehow paint Hamilton in a negative light if he hasn't acheived that come China. Mercedes last dry race in Austin, Rosberg was next to be lapped and Schumacher was over a lap down at the finish line in 13th and 16th. Yet you don't think the car has improved. Solid start from Mercedes. Yes the car has improved from what they ended up with towards the end of last year, but so it should. Would have been nice to have Rosberg finish aswell, so lets hope these gremlins can be worked out. Thought the car would have had more race pace, just goes to show it's hard to tell just from tesing. They still have work to do on the tyres. Seeing kimi do a 2 stop and still have the pace towards the end must be worrying for all the teams. Glad to see its

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.