Hamilton deserved podium finish, says McLaren boss
PUBLISHED: 10:19 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:23 26 October 2009
LEWIS Hamilton s third place finish in Spain was no more than he deserved, according to McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh. The Herts-born racer held of the determined efforts of Pole Robert Kubica to finish behind the Ferrari duo of reigning world champion Ki
LEWIS Hamilton's third place finish in Spain was no more than he deserved, according to McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh.
The Herts-born racer held of the determined efforts of Pole Robert Kubica to finish behind the Ferrari duo of reigning world champion Kimi Räikkönen in first and Brazilian Felipe Massa in second.
And the McLaren supremo was delighted with how close the race was, with Lewis only 4.1 seconds behind winner Räikkönen.
"The three quickest teams - ourselves, Ferrari and BMW Sauber - looked to be very closely matched," said Whitmarsh, CEO Formula 1 of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.
"It looks good for the sport, but we have to build on our own solid performance.
"There will be some more new parts on the car in Turkey and we simply have to keep pushing."
Hamilton's decision to be patient on his chasing down of Fernando Alonso in the early stages of the race drew particular praise from Whitmarsh.
He added: "He took a very measured approach at the beginning, because we reasoned that Fernando, who was running just ahead of him, was possibly a bit lighter on fuel.
"It would have been easy for Lewis to chase down Fernando at that stage and damage his tyres.
"Lewis did just the right job in holding back and doing minimal damage to his tyres, so as to be able to press on later, and that clearly put him in good shape."
With Hamilton seemingly back on track for a championship assault, he will be looking to take this kind of form into the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul on May 11.
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