Formula One News » Lewis Hamilton: Hugely satisfied and competitive Posted on 15/03/2013
Although he crashed out at the end of free practice ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said it was “hugely satisfying” closing the gap to red bull.
“The real thing is that we are competitive. I am massively excited to be up there. To be as competitive as we are today is a real plus,” he said.
“It’s too early to say [if a podium is possible]. Red Bull are quick, the Ferraris are quick, and Lotus are up there. I’m not sure what is happening with the McLarens but I’m sure they will fix it because they are a brilliant team.
“We’re just going to take it one step at a time. But it has been a really positive day. To be that close to the Red Bull is hugely satisfying.”
Speaking about his earlier crash, Hamilton said
“I had separation of the front splitter, so it was pushed right up underneath and touching the underneath of the chassis,” he revealed.
“I lost a lot of front end. I went into Turn 6, turned in and nothing really happened, I just went straight on.
“I was complaining of shed-loads of understeer as I was beginning my long run. I came in and asked for three holes in the front wing, which is quite a lot.
“As they did that, they changed tyres and I went back out. I was braking, turned in and it just didn’t turn.
“I thought to myself, ‘what an idiot’, but when I got back they explained to me that the front of the bib underneath the chassis was broken.”