Hamilton: A poor performance compared to others
18 March 2012 – Lewis Hamilton’s facial expressions told the story after the Australian Grand Prix, having finished third after starting on pole positions. Passed by winning team-mate Jenson Button at Turn 1, the 2008 Champion was then jumped by reigning title holder Sebastian Vettel.
Having sealed his 20th Formula 1 pole on Saturday, Hamilton looked set for second place in Melbourne before pitting on Lap 36 – just as the Safety Car was deployed, allowing Vettel through. However, Hamilton was most disappointed about his lack of pace in comparison to Button, who controlled proceedings throughout.
“Yeah…it was obviously a tough race but congratulations to Jenson,” Hamilton told reporters in the paddock. “I really don’t know what happened. I got a shocking start, which was the beginning of it all, and just didn’t focus out there. A podium and pole is okay but it’s a pretty poor standard in comparison with some others.”
Hamilton now heads to Malaysia for next weekend’s race. His best Sepang finish to date is second in 2007, behind then McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso.