Lewis Hamilton failed to get off to the perfect start at the Australian Grand Prix but the reigning world champion claims he will be working extra hard to get his first win of the season in Bahrain.
The five-time world champion saw Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas overtake him at the start of Sunday’s race in Melbourne and the Finn never looked back as he claimed the chequered flag in the first meeting of the F1 Championship.
Hamilton, who is 11/8 to claim victory in Bahrain on March 31, was full of praise for his Mercedes team-mate but says extra work will now go in to get his own victory next time out.
“It is a good weekend for the team. A really fantastic job from everyone. Valtteri drove an incredible race and he really enjoyed it,” he said.
“Lost position at the start, that was a little disappointing, but I will just train and work hard for the next one.”
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing weekend for Ferrari as they failed to build on the promise they showed in pre-season testing in Barcelona.
Sebastian Vettel, who was the closest rival to Hamilton last season, had to settle for fourth in Melbourne, while team-mate Charles Leclerc finished a spot behind the German.
“Why are we so slow?” Vettel asked his team over the radio at two-thirds distance. “We don’t know at the moment,” came the reply.
As for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who is 15/2 to win the Bahrain Grand Prix, the Dutchman was pleased to get on the podium in third place and feels he did well to battle with the two Mercedes.
He said: “Happy to pull that move off and then challenge Lewis for second. Pretty pleased with that. To start the season on the podium challenging the Mercedes car ahead is a great start for us.”