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Hamilton targets to points finish at Australian GP

2011 Australian GP Drivers Parade, Images © McLaren

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton expecting to points finish at opening race in Melbourne next week. The Brit says that he is not aiming victory at Australian GP, but he needs points in season kick-off race.

“It’s a realistic aim: to score some useful points and use the race to kickstart our challenge for the world championship,” said Hamilton.

Lewis expressed that he feels optimistic for the season opener following the fantastic pre-season test.

“I actually feel more relaxed and ready for the new season than I think I’ve ever done. 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 well: 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.” He said.

In addition, he added that a hopeful time in a year always comes for a team but they had still a lot of work to do for the upcoming season. Besides, he said that he would reach Melbourne with a smiling face.


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