Hamilton: I could have done better

PUBLISHED: 09:54 15 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton celebrating third place in last year's Australian Grand Prix Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton celebrating third place in last year's Australian Grand Prix Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

POLE star Lewis Hamilton feels he could have done an even better lap in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. The 23-year-old McLaren driver from Tewin secured the seventh pole position of his F1 career in Melbourne earlier today (Saturday). Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

POLE star Lewis Hamilton feels he could have done an even better lap in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old McLaren driver from Tewin secured the seventh pole position of his F1 career in Melbourne earlier today (Saturday).

Hamilton will start Sunday's race from the front row ahead of BMW's Robert Kubica.

McLaren colleague Heikki Kovalainen is in third spot alongside Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

Ever the perfectionist, the Stevenage-born racer thinks there's still plenty more left in the tank.

"I can do better, for sure," he said in the press conference after qualifying.

"Being on pole is a great feeling, but there are always improvements that you can make.

"I started off very well but I find that the gap is always very tricky.

"I had a huge gap but then all of a sudden at the last corner I saw that there was a Williams up ahead, so I was pretty much behind the Williams, I think two or three seconds, for most of the lap.

"Whether or not that makes a difference who knows, but I am happy with the result."

It was still a great start to the 2008 season for McLaren with Hamilton on pole and new team member Kovalainen securing third place, his best ever qualifying performance.

Hamilton said: "It was a great qualifying session.

"It was a bit nerve-wracking at the beginning and we don't really get a great lap.

"We were held up a bit and it wasn't really easy to find the gap today.

"Finding the gap was a lot harder than I have experienced in the past.

"But we managed to find some sort of gap towards the end and I was able to get a reasonably decent lap, but I still felt that I lost a little bit of time throughout the lap."

Hamilton will be chasing his fifth F1 victory tomorrow having finished third at Albert Park on his grand prix debut last season.

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