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Hamilton feels that Mercedes lack pace

Apr 14, 2013, 6:45 AM EDT

China F1 GP Auto Racing AP

Lewis Hamilton may have scored back-to-back podiums, but the Mercedes driver feels that his team still has a lot of work to do if they are to compete for victories this season.

Hamilton started the race from pole position, but he lost out to Fernando Alonso early on and could not keep up with the Ferrari as the Spanish driver stormed to victory in China. Instead, Hamilton battled with Kimi Raikkonen for P2, and he lost out to the Lotus driver after being undercut at the final round of stops. The British driver did manage to hold off a charging Sebastian Vettel late on, but he is still unsure where Mercedes are losing out.

“I am not really sure where we are losing out,” he explained in an interview.

“Today the overall pace was not there and there are definitely a couple of areas we can focus on on the car.

“We have some updates and need to keep improving. We have to work out where we are losing the time, try and zone in on that and improve that.”

Hamilton was still pleased with 3rd though, and the 2008 world champion praised race winner Alonso for a great victory and 2nd placed Raikkonen.

“I am quite happy with third, though I would have loved to win.

“They were a little bit too fast for us during the race. I was able to apply a little bit of pressure to Kimi but not overtake.”

The result leaves Hamilton 4th in the drivers’ championship, just 12 points behind Sebastian Vettel, and if Mercedes can produced the desired upgrades it could be a very strong year for the Briton.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Who would have thunk it? Everyone doubted his decision to leave Mclaren (not me, fuck Ron Dennis) but here he his, 2 podiums and pole in 3 races with more to come. And unlike many other teams, Merc has the ability to develope this years car and focus on next year.

    • apexassassin - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      and 2 trophies for him to keep, lol.

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Hamilton lucked into this deal as Mercedes has been unable to deliver for the past three years so it’s not like Hamilton knew they would be good this year. Mercedes started out OK last year and faded as they could not bring useful updates all season long to match the competition. I’m sure Mercedes is well aware that they have lots of work to do as frankly do all of the teams. McLaren looks like they’ll be making more gains too so it could be real crowded at the front of the pack.

    Lotus may have the best car at the moment for all of the tracks, even though Kimi has said they lacked some speed in China. From what I have observed the last two years, the lead car in clean air has a distinct advantage over any following cars, much more than in previous years it appears. Thus if you can get the lead on the long runs, you are in a very good position to extend your lead as the race progresses.

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