F1 champ Hamilton 'On road to recovery' ahead of Chinese GP

PUBLISHED: 16:59 18 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

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LEWIS Hamilton feels he s on the road to recovery after a shaky start to the defence of his F1 world title. The troubled 24-year-old from Tewin has struggled for pace so far this season with his McLaren Mercedes seriously underperforming. However, the H

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LEWIS Hamilton feels he's "on the road to recovery" after a shaky start to the defence of his F1 world title.

The troubled 24-year-old from Tewin has struggled for pace so far this season with his McLaren Mercedes seriously underperforming.

However, the Herts hero has seen signs that the team is slowly turning the corner and heading in the right direction.

He reached the third part of qualifying for the first time earlier today (Saturday) in Shanghai.

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Hamilton will start tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix from ninth on the grid - his best of the year.

"There's still a long way to go but this definitely feels like the start of the road to recovery," said the reigning world champion.

During qualifying, Lewis bolted on a set of options in Q1 and blasted out two fast laps - a 1 minute 36.381 seconds and a fourth-fastest 1m 35.776s, declaring himself extremely satisfied.

"They were pretty hardcore laps!" he said. "They were almost beyond the limit."

For the second session, Lewis once again underlined MP4-24's pace by setting the sixth-fastest time of 1m 35.740s.

Into Q3 for the first time this year, Lewis ended the day ninth fastest with 1m 38.595s, but was pleased with the progress achieved by the team this weekend.

"Step by step, we are moving forward," he said.

"And thanks to all the guys back at the factory for doing such a fantastic job and for churning away on all the new parts - every little bit helps us catch the leaders."

Hamilton had earlier finished Saturday's final practice session third fastest.


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