Hamilton's pass on Kubica vital
PUBLISHED: 18:08 28 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009
TEWIN racer Lewis Hamilton believes his early overtaking of BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica set him on his way for a podium finish in Barcelona. Hamilton finished the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in third place, behind Ferrari drivers Ki
TEWIN racer Lewis Hamilton believes his early overtaking of BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica set him on his way for a podium finish in Barcelona.
Hamilton finished the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in third place, behind Ferrari drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa, and believes the early passing of Pole star Kubica was all important.
The McLaren driver said: "I know from past experiences in F3 that Robert is one of the hardest to overtake.
"He is very aggressive on the first lap but I was able to get up the inside of him.
"It was pretty smooth sailing from there and it was a good start for me."
The Herts race ace started fifth on the grid, but he was always confident in the team's race strategy and the importance of passing as many drivers as possible early on.
"Obviously at the beginning I just had to try and make up as many places as possible," said the 23-year-old.
"It was great to get past Robert, otherwise we would have probably finished behind him.
"As you could see, through the race, he was right up my tail throughout.
"I'm very happy I got past him at the beginning and I think it was a solid job by us."
Despite Lewis' disappointing showing in Bahrain at the beginning of the month, he didn't feel he had anything to prove in Spain, instead highlighting that "mistakes happen".
He added: "I just wanted to come here and do a solid job for the team and get points.
"I'm really happy with where we've come, especially after not the best qualifying.
"But to see the reliability of the car, how much we could push at the end and to see the pace of the car improving throughout the race is very encouraging."
Next up for Hamilton is a trip to Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix on May 11.
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