F1 champ Hamilton's first-class Chinese Grand Prix strategy
PUBLISHED: 07:26 19 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
BOSSES at McLaren Mercedes feel confident of getting among the points in today s Chinese Grand Prix. F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will start the Shanghai race from ninth on the grid – his best qualifying performance of a troubled season so far. Norber
BOSSES at McLaren Mercedes feel confident of getting among the points in today's Chinese Grand Prix.
F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will start the Shanghai race from ninth on the grid - his best qualifying performance of a troubled season so far.
Norbert Haug, vice-president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, feels Tewin racer Hamilton could spring a surprise in Shanghai.
He feels the McLaren drivers have the right strategy to get among the points, despite not having the quickest cars on the track.
Speaking after Saturday's qualifying, Haug said: "A great job by Lewis and the team - since the beginning of the season we have taken steps forward.
"I believe we have a first-class strategy.
"There will be cars ahead of us which will make early pitstops, beginning approximately with lap 10, but we want to cover two and a half times as much until our first stop."
Haug added: "In Q1, Lewis was fourth, two-and-half tenths behind first place, in Q2 he was sixth, six-tenths behind the best time - at least, we are making progress compared to Melbourne and Sepang.
"Two BMWs and one Ferrari will start behind us - we have the best-placed car with KERS in the field.
"We are heading in the right direction, but anyway there is still a lot of work to do."
Hamilton won last year's Chinese Grand Prix.
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