Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are the favourite drivers to win the world title at Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton says this year he could win the title, defeating Sebastian Vettel.
In Melbourne Hamilton was on the second place, losing the lead.
“It’s good we had this close battle. I’m looking forward to the next.”
Regardless that he got the second place, he is not upset on his result and he thinks that everything has a good side in the end.
Hamilton said: “I wouldn’t say I’m happy. But all things in perspective. To see where we have come from, with massive rule changes and to come here and be battling so close for a win and missing out marginally, there are a lot of things to be proud of.
“We could have won the race but I gave it everything I could and you can’t do more. Take the strength of the weekend.”
Vettel talked about his title chances: “There is a long, long way ahead. We have a lot to prove still but for now we are just happy.
“It is March now. I know people start to get excited but it is our job to work and I am much happier if we are working now and not talking.”
For both of them this is a match one to one in which only one will get the title.
“This year we have the best drivers at the front,” said Hamilton. “Of course, it would be great to have Fernando [Alonso of McLaren] up there but it doesn’t look like it is going to happen any time soon.
“But Sebastian has four titles and he will continue for many years to come. I am really grateful to have that fight with him. It’s great.”
Hamilton defended Mercedes’ choice to bring him in for a pit stop earlier than Vettel.
“My strategy was to stop on lap 19 and I think I stopped on lap 18. I had nothing left in my tyres.
“I was catching some back markers and the car started to slide around a lot and the gap was reducing behind me and I was like, ‘Guys I have to come in now or I’m probably going to get overtaken on track.’
“I pitted not knowing the gap between the other cars. I came out behind some other cars which I couldn’t get by. I said to the team I had to come in because the tyres were dead.”