Hamilton elated by first win of 2015

By on Sunday, March 15, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton hailed his Mercedes team after he was able to begin his bid for a third title in emphatic fashion by following up pole position with victory and the fastest lap at the Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton led for all but one lap - through the pit stop phase - to win the opening round of the campaign for only the second time in his Formula 1 career.

"It's quite unbelievable, really, what this team has done," he said. "It's a great feeling to start off the season the way we finished the last and the car is just incredible, so thank you to the team.

"It was still a tough race, though, as Nico [Rosberg] was very quick throughout. It was about managing fuel and also the tyres - trying to see how long we could push them. Once I'd built a two second gap it was about maintaining it. But when Nico turned up the heat it was tough.

"He drove really well and it's a great result for the team to start the season with a 1-2. It's good to see Ferrari back up here on the podium. I think they have taken a big step, so I anticipate a good fight with them this year at some point and we can't back off."

Rosberg commended Hamilton on his win and promised to fight back in Malaysia.

"It's great to have the quickest car again and what an amazing job by everybody involved," he said.

"A big thank you to the guys back in the factories for all their work. Okay, so now it's 1:0 to Lewis. He did a perfect job this weekend with no mistakes and improved a lot from Friday to Sunday.

"Yesterday after Qualifying I was already on the back foot and that's difficult to change in a race against Lewis. I need to have a better Saturday, which I was able to do last year. But it's still a long season with lots of races to go. I want to strike back in Malaysia, so that's the focus."

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