Bosses happy at Hamilton's fast start

PUBLISHED: 12:55 14 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton leaves the McLaren garage earlier today Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton leaves the McLaren garage earlier today Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com

TEAM bosses at McLaren were satisfied with their drivers performances in Melbourne today (Friday). Lewis Hamilton was second fastest in this morning s first practice session around Albert Park ahead of Sunday s Australian Grand Prix. The 23-year-old F1

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TEAM bosses at McLaren were satisfied with their drivers' performances in Melbourne today (Friday).

Lewis Hamilton was second fastest in this morning's first practice session around Albert Park ahead of Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old F1 sensation from Tewin was then quickest after lunch.

Hamilton's new McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen finished both sessions in fourth place.

Under-fire McLaren team principal Ron Dennis was happy with the progress made by his drivers ahead of the 2008 season opener on Sunday.

He said: "Both Lewis and Heikki made solid starts to the weekend and are pleased with the balance of the car.

"We spent the first session just familiarising ourselves with the track as it was dirty and continued to get faster and faster.

"In the second session we started work on qualifying set-up and tyre evaluation.

"The strong wind today was an additional challenge for the set-up work, but we experienced no problems.

"The entire team, both in Woking, Brixworth and Stuttgart, has worked so hard to get us to where we are today and I hope their efforts will be rewarded with a strong start to the season."

Norbert Haug, vice president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, added: "It looks like we are in quite a good position to fight for the best places tomorrow and hopefully on Sunday too when it counts."

Qualifying takes place on Saturday with the race itself the following day.

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