Hamilton thanks team's efforts

PUBLISHED: 19:11 16 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Australian Grand Prix Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Australian Grand Prix Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

TEAM strategy helped race winner Lewis Hamilton avoid the worst of the conditions around the Albert Park track. The safety car was deployed three times during today s accident-filled Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. However, Herts hero Hamilton drove s

Lewis Hamilton punches the air in delight

TEAM strategy helped race winner Lewis Hamilton avoid the worst of the conditions around the Albert Park track.

The safety car was deployed three times during today's accident-filled Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

However, Herts hero Hamilton drove serenely to the finish line largely untroubled by the chaos going on elsewhere on the track.

Hamilton acknowledged the help of the McLaren team in bringing him into the pits perfectly in relation to the safety cars.

He said: "They did a fantastic job as always, but perhaps a big and huge thank you to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

"The car was phenomenal. It really was the complete dream to drive compared to the car we had last year, but pulling me in early on both my pit-stops really did help us in terms of safety cars and kept us out of trouble."

Hamilton's new team-mate Heikki Kovalainen looked on course to make it a McLaren one-two until the safety car came out for the third time.

Detailing race strategy, Stevenage-born Hamilton said: "The team go into all angles and try to analyse what can go on in the race and they plan for the worst.

"But we have got a fantastic strategy team and they did a great job pulling me in early. It really was.

"I was very fortunate and it was unlucky for Heikki (Kovalainen) that he got caught in the safety car."

Hamilton and the McLaren team head to Malaysia for round two of the World Championship on Easter Sunday.

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