Hamilton's victory lifts team spirits

PUBLISHED: 15:05 17 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

Ron Dennis and Heikki Kovalainen Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Ron Dennis and Heikki Kovalainen Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

IT was an emotional race for McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton and team boss Ron Dennis yesterday (Sunday). After a tumultuous 2007 season dogged by controversy and in-fighting, Hamilton s Australian Grand Prix victory was the light at the end of the tunnel.

Lewis Hamilton

IT was an emotional race for McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton and team boss Ron Dennis yesterday (Sunday).

After a tumultuous 2007 season dogged by controversy and in-fighting, Hamilton's Australian Grand Prix victory was the light at the end of the tunnel.

Although the Ferrari Spygate affair still rumbles on, Hamilton's opening win in Melbourne was a massive fillip for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.

Tewin racer Hamilton said: "I wouldn't say it draws a line under it, but for sure coming into a new season, turning over a new leaf, we really wanted to get off on the right foot.

"Ron's been through a lot, so has the team but we pulled through and really it shows in the results.

"I'm glad he's happy. It is an emotional feeling to win the first grand prix of the season, especially with all the winter testing, the whole build-up, not really knowing whether you had the pace of everyone else, whether you would be able to win, whether the cars could be reliable but when you come out on top it's a real relief and great satisfaction."

Hamilton will be back behind the wheel later this week for the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.

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