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Hamilton – We’ve got a race on our hands

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Triple-time world champion and Australian Grand Prix pole sitter, Lewis Hamilton doesn’t appear too discouraged by that opening-day defeat, pointing to the tyres for causing Mercedes’ relative lack of pace to Ferrari.

Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to dash Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of extending their dominance into a fourth successive season of Formula One.

” I didn’t really know how quick they were going to be in the race. The pace they showed in testing was obviously true. Today, their speed particularly in that first stint on the ultrasoft tyres was fantastic.” Hamilton said following the race.

“To be honest my real strength wasn’t until right at the end of the race, but it was far too late by then. It’s always been tough to follow in Formula 1. It’s definitely for me a lot worse, as I’d anticipated. I hope that doesn’t mean that for the rest of the year it’s more of a train. I don’t know if it was exciting for you guys to watch.”

“But for me personally I want to be closer up with cars and more close wheel-to-wheel battling. It’s really with strategy through pit stops that we’re racing right now. It’s really just set-up and things we’ll be able to change for next time to make things better. Just got to make sure you stay up in front. But it’s great – we’ve got a race on our hands!”

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