Hamilton 'positive' despite compromised start

By on Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton says he remains positive despite enduring a tricky start to his title defence in Australia and Bahrain.

Hamilton has taken both pole positions in 2016 but dropped to sixth on the opening lap in Melbourne and was hit by Valtteri Bottas at the start in Bahrain and slipped to ninth.

Hamilton was able to recover to the podium positions in both races, to second in Australia and third in Bahrain, and says he is upbeat in spite of a 17 point deficit to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the title race.

"It's not been a smooth start to the season for me, so to be in the championship position I'm in right now is actually pretty positive," he said.

"If you can have two bad races and still come away with two podiums, that bodes pretty well. I've come back from worse, that's for sure!

"People keep asking me if I'm worried - if there's a downward trend emerging. But I'm feeling the complete opposite. There are no real flaws in our procedure and how we're working, so I know it's going to come good.

"On a personal level too, I'm in the best place I've ever been psychologically. There's very little, if anything at all, that can penetrate that. There's a long, long way to go, so I'll just keep working as hard as I have been.

"Now we go to China for the next battle. It's a track that's been good to me over the years, with five poles and four wins, so hopefully this race can be the turning point."

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