Hamilton still targeting title after tough Melbourne race

Lewis Hamilton is still expecting he can challenge championship title. Last Saturday 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton grabbed POLE position for first round of this season in Australia. But he made little-bit mistake in race start and dropped one place behind his team-mate Jenson Button, and unfortunately he was go down one place following Safety Car deployed race and he was finished third behind the defending word champion Sebastian Vettel.

“I know this is a car I can definitely challenge for the title with, Hamilton said the Daily Telegraph. “

“Jenson proved it. He had a fantastic race and it’s definitely a good start to the year that both of us finished on the podium and in the points.

“It’s still going to be a close season because the Red Bulls are massively quick, and God knows where they came from on Sunday. We’re still going to be able to attack, but for us to start at the front is a pretty good way forward. As for me, I definitely do feel as though I’ve got it in myself to go for the title. I feel as ready as ever. I was ready on Sunday; it’s just that some things didn’t go my way.”

“It’s about making sure I start off the weekend in the right way, as I did last weekend,” he added. “But we appear to be the team to beat, which is a good sign. The team have been working hard for that. It’s definitely the position to be in, and we’re strong which a good place to be is also.

“But we can’t get too carried away with it because even Ferrari were quick in the race. As for the Red Bulls, they look as though they have less (tyre) degradation than us, maybe. So it’s too early to tell. In qualifying we were massively quick and competitive, but they were massively quick in the race. “

“They are still a force to be reckoned with. I guess we’re just an edge ahead, but we can’t get too complacent. We’ll look ahead with increased confidence. We just need to get more one-twos, but we’re there. We’re as quick as them at least. Malaysia should be a track where we should be quick again. Let’s hope we can get a one-two there.”

“It’s been positive having her [Scherzinger] around, a positive having my mum around too,” he added. “Their support always means a lot. I hope at some stage this year I’ll have my dad and my brother around, that would be great as well. We’re straight into the next race this weekend, which is good. I definitely plan to redeem myself.”

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