Hamilton happy with third place

By on Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton expressed his delight having claimed a second successive podium in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton started from pole position but was passed by Fernando Alonso early on and usurped by Kimi Raikkonen through the pit stops.

"It was a good race for me today and whilst I would have loved the win, I'm really happy with third place and being on the podium for the second race in a row," he said.

"Fernando and Kimi were just a little bit too fast for us during the race and my tyres were shot at the end trying to keep ahead of Sebastian. I could see his car getting bigger and bigger in my mirrors so it was nice to be able to hang on for the third place."

"The guys did a great job this weekend to get us where we were; on pole and finishing third. We got the absolute most out of the car we had and that's very satisfying. We're not quite there yet in terms of overall pace but everyone is working so hard and I know we can do it."

Team-mate Nico Rosberg, who won in China last season, was forced out following an anti-roll bar failure.

"The race was tough for me today and with my set-up I had an unexpected level of understeer which made it difficult to drive," he said.

"After my second pit stop, the feeling got worse and I had one front wheel in the air during the corners. The rear anti-roll bar, which influences the balance of the car, had broken so unfortunately we had to retire the car. It's a shame and I've had a difficult start to the season with two DNFs."


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