Lewis Hamilton set for Melbourne Grand Prix

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Updated: March 23, 2011

Former World Champion, Lewis Hamilton believes that McLaren will have a car “ready for battle” when the new Formula One season begins this weekend.

Hamilton and and fellow driver Jenson Button had both been disappointed with the car in pre season testing. It appeared to lack pace and the MP4-26 actually failed to finish any practice session due to a variety of problems.

“We can’t hide the fact testing has been tougher than we expected” said Hamilton.

“Our test mileage hasn’t been as high as our rivals, nor have we had the outright pace of the fastest cars. Still, I have a good feeling with the car, and I understand we’ll be making further performance steps ahead of this opening race.

“Nevertheless, we know we go to Melbourne ready for battle. Some teams are extremely well prepared, both from a pace and reliability point of view. But that can sometimes count for little in the unpredictable and somewhat chaotic opening races where it’s equally vital just to take points home.

“I strongly believe that, while our preparations haven’t gone as smoothly as we’d have liked, we’ll be arriving in Melbourne with everything finally meshing together – and that makes me really excited”.

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