Lewis Hamilton is still optimistic about his prospects for this weekend’s Chinese GP, despite picking up a five-place grid penalty.
McLaren discovered a problem with the gearbox he used on Saturday/Sunday in Australia and Malaysia, so it was decided today that a fresh one will have to be fitted for the start of FP3 on Saturday.
“When you arrive at a weekend and you’ve done all you’re preparations and the whole team’s done its preparations of course it’s not the nicest thing to hear that we’ve got a problem,” said Hamilton.
“But all you can do is take it on the chin. We’re still here, we’ve still got a great chance to win, we’ve still got a quick car, we’ll try and put ourselves in the best position possible to make the right strategy and make sure that we’re quick enough so that we can still fight for the lead.
“We’ve got some upgrades, the team have done a great job to bring those, and we can still fight for wins. I came from third last year to win the race. You look at the last race and Fernando came from way further back, so anything is possible.”
Hamilton said he was not disappointed at coming away from the first two races with a pair of third places after starting from pole.
“You’ve just got to keep moving forward. I’m pretty happy with the fact that I’ve had two podiums so far, and definitely don’t take anything for granted. I’ve got a good car and we’re in a really good position, but we’re still fighting. I’ve been training very, very hard trying to get myself in the right frame of mind for this weekend, and whilst we’ve come here with a small issue, I still feel very positive about the weekend, and as I said we still have a chance to race.
“I love racing, when I was a kid I always used to love coming from the back of the grid. I’ll be five places back from wherever I qualify, that means I’m going to have to have a good race with a few people to fight for position.”