The pace was not there, admits Hamilton
14 April 2013 – Lewis Hamilton has admitted that Mercedes still has work to do if it is to secure the second Grand Prix victory of its return to Formula 1 as a works team, with the Briton unable to hold onto his pole position advantage at Shanghai on Sunday afternoon.
Having led the early stages of the race, Hamilton fell back and only just held off Prime-tyre starter Sebastian Vettel for third. With race-winner Fernando Alonso over ten seconds clear, the 2008 World Champion says improvements need to be made.
"I’m not really sure where we’re losing out," said Hamilton. "Today the overall pace was just not there. There are definitely a couple of areas we can focus on. We have some updates and need to keep improving. We have to work out where we are losing the time, try and zone in on that and improve."
Despite targeting victory ahead of the race, Hamilton expressed that he was satisfied with another podium result.
"I am quite happy with third, though I would have loved to win," explained Hamilton. "They [Alonso and Räikkönen] were a little bit too fast for us during the race."
In the sister Mercedes, Nico Rosberg retired with a suspected suspension issue.