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Hamilton more relaxed and ready for the new season

2008 world champion says that he is more relaxed and well prepared for new season. And he is very happy with the pre-season test performance, and he expect next Saturday MP4-27 will able to better qualifying at Melbourne.

“I actually feel more relaxed and ready for the new season than I think I’ve ever done,” said Hamilton. “Everything has gone smoothly with the car – which is more than we can say for last year – and it just seems to be a responsive and reliable package. My final day in the car – with the aero package we plan to run next weekend – also felt good. The car was a useful step forward.

“Of course, we haven’t tested it in competition yet, but there’s plenty to feel optimistic about. It’s a bit weird to have driven the car for a whole month and still not done a really fast lap – I guess we’ll really find the limit next Saturday. Obviously, this is always the time of year when you’re feeling positive, but we’ve got plenty to look forward to. I’m going to get off the plane in Australia with a big smile on my face.”

Hamilton implied that he didn’t expect McLaren to be the pacesetter in the short term: “It’s a realistic aim: To score some useful points and use the race to kickstart our challenge for the World Championship. That might sound like we’re aiming low – we’re not – but, at this time of year, it’s good to remember that it’s going to be a very long season.

“There’s no point putting all your eggs in one basket – I’d love to win in Melbourne, sure, but there are 19 races afterwards, so it’ll be important to get some points on the board. As long as I can leave Australia feeling confident that we have a car that’s able to fight for the title, then I’ll feel happy. It’s as simple as that.”

Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button happy with the McLaren’s preparation for the 2012 F1 battle.

“I’m happy with our preparations,” said Button. “You always want more laps and more time in the car, but, unlike last year, we’ve had a very solid start to our preseason. It’s been very difficult to read pace over the winter because a lot of teams have been playing their cards close to their chests. I think it’s going to be extremely close, and I can’t wait to find out where we sit in the pecking order.”


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