Formula one: Australian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton finished his first race for Mercedes AMG Petronas in fifth place. Team-mate Nico Rosberg had to retire his car following an electrical problem midway through the race.
The car felt really good out there.
Lewis Hamilton finished his first race for Mercedes AMG Petronas in fifth place. “I’m happy with our result and it’s much better than we expected for the first race of the season. The car felt really good out there,” said Lewis. “I had a strong first stint and was able to make the supersofts last longer than most of the others. We’d planned for two stops but converted to a three-stop strategy during the race. I don’t quite know where we lost the ground to the cars ahead so we’ll have a look at the race again now and figure it out.”
Lots of positives.
Nico Rosberg had to retire his car following an electrical problem midway through the race. “An electric problem finished my race which was a shame as I was on a two-stop strategy and in a good position to score a decent result,” said Nico.
“There are lots of positives that we can take from the weekend. The team have developed a solid car, I had a good qualifying pace and the car also ran well in the wet. It looks like we have started to close the gap to the front runners.”
Good opening stint.
Starting from third on the grid, Lewis finished in fifth position after converting to a three-stop strategy mid-race. “We had a very good opening stint of the race, making the supersoft tyre last until lap 13 for Lewis. However, the balance on the medium tyre was not what we needed,” explained team principal Ross Brawn. “Nico was running strongly when he was forced to retire. We saw a drop in voltage from the battery and that stopped the car.”
We have a solid basis to work from.
Mercedes-Benz Executive Director Toto Wolff concluded the first race of the season at the Albert Park Circuit: “We had to switch our strategy from two to three stops, which of course compromised Lewis in terms of his pace and also the final result. As for Nico, we need to work hard to ensure that technical failures do not cost us the chance of strong finishes. We can see that we have a solid basis to work from, now we need to keep our heads down and work hard to improve further.”