Hamilton: There is a long way to go

Hamilton: There is a long way to go

18 March 2014 – Lewis Hamilton is confident he will be able to bounce back in Malaysia later this month in the wake of his early exit from the Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton puts his Mercedes on pole position for the 2014 Formula 1 season opener in Melbourne but had to retire after just two laps due to an engine problem. It was a bitterly disappointing end to the weekend for the Englishman, especially as his team-mate, Nico Rosberg romped home and took an easy win.

“It's unfortunate but that's racing and we will recover from this,” Hamilton remarked. “We have a great car and engine, and the pace was really strong as Nico clearly showed. Big congratulations to him and the team for achieving the win, it's a fantastic result. Of course I'm disappointed with my own race and when I think about all the work that has gone on back at our factories, it's tough to have a costly hiccup.”

“However we have achieved an incredible amount to get here, to be at the front and to be so competitive; we will bounce back and learn from this. There is a very long way to go this season,” he added.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff meanwhile has vowed that the squad will do everything it can in order to improve the reliability of the F1 W05.

“We were disappointed to lose Lewis so early after a misfiring cylinder forced him to retire. He had done everything right this weekend until that point and it was a situation beyond his control. We know that reliability will be crucial to this long season and we will be working hard to improve the situation for the race in Malaysia,” he concluded.

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