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GP Week : Issue 2
. ---- . , ... " . \ . , . ..I'''' 1. .. ---- ....... ........ ==- --1 __ _ - - -- . I -- I r -- situation was a bit like Canada last year when I claimed my first victory. We constantly had to change our strategy and the strategists were on the ball throughout which was super. liThe car is fantastic to drive and the team has done a superb job. I have prepared much better this year than last, and it's important that myself and the team continue to push hard in the months to come:' But while Hamilton was lapping up the victory champagne, his McLaren team's major rival Ferrari was licking its wounds after a disappointing weekend. IIThere's not much to say about a disastrous start to the season;' said Team Manager Luca Baldisserri. IIWe did not work well on any level and this is the consequence of that. We know how important is reliability and we are severely lacking on this front. It is absolutely ages since we have seen two engine failures in a race. We have to look at every detail of this weekend to understand what went wrong and how we can improve:' The team will not have long to do its calculations however, with the Malaysian Grand Prix in just four day's time... '" \. \ I What a dream start to the season and my c,hampionship c,hallenge Lewis Hamilton æ F1 NEWS "Hamilton is flawless!" Mclaren bosses praises lewis post-AGP VODAFONE Mclaren Mercedes CEO Martin Whitmarsh has praised lewis Hamilton's Australian Grand Prix weekend as "flawless:' Speaking to GPWeek, Whitmarsh said the Briton's performance was no less than he had come to expect. "It's great obviously for Lewis to start a championship campaign with a victory and, really, a flawless weekend from him;' he said. "The reality is we expect it from Lewis now. If we look back to last year we were eulogising over a rookie in his first race who finished in third place and we were thinking that was really incredible, and then he went on to have nine podiums in a row. So it's really what we expect:' After an often difficult rookie season in Formula 1 in which Hamilton had to deal with many external factors in addition to simply racing a -......... car, Whitmarsh pointed to his young driver's extraordinary level of maturity. "Lewis has developed and grown massively in the course of the last year. He's in a very strong frame of mind and is determined to build on last year. I think he was incredibly impressive after the disappointment of Brazil to be reflective almost immediately and say that perhaps that was the right thing and learn from it and make sure we do a better job this year:' While praising the race winner, Whitmarsh said that despite the poor showing of Ferrari, McLaren's attentions were still focussed on the scarlet cars. "I think in truth that was underperformance on Ferrari's part. Certainly they're not dominant, but we're not complacent and it will be a good title fight. It's going to be tough throughout the year:' " - .... "0'>,,- SiIlJ "" _ _ .. taJJder f! - a; "If! II "- I, "" ..... " 00(,,1, Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. ,; :-;. Posters available of any shot - CLICK HERE for :j more information jOiiiorsiöïï I I I!EFlEE fì i Tfll!KS I T? CLICK HERE to access ,"'W_ -:: L! .. Australasian Motorsport ... r;; e N e w s LOWNDES. CDURTN.Ioi RND I · · · WINTERBDTTOM SEEK CALM BEFORE CREEK CLRSH Interested in Aussie VB Supercars? 5