Albert Park is just around the corner now, with many drivers upbeat about the race, sure that the racing will be much better & overtaking will be a definite.
McLarens Lewis Hamilton returns to Albert park a year on from the lie-gate scandal that almost saw him walk away from the sport after admitting that he deliberately misled the race stewards; this he believes made him a better man.
The 2008 world champion looks back to his debut grand prix in 2007 taking pole position on his 1st F1 outing, along with his 2008 victory, lets not forget a fantastic drive in 2009 coming from dead last to finish in 4th only to be stripped after the race one the lie-gate saga emerged.
Hamilton is bullish that his McLaren team can improve on his 3rd place finish at Bahrain, with Albert Park more suited to the characteristics of his McLaren Machinery & believes there is a good chance of victory for the team.
Hamilton said; “Sometimes your car suits it better than others – this circuit should work to the strengths of our car,” he added. “We feel stronger coming in to this race and hopefully we can get more points – for myself and Jenson. We do have a chance of winning this weekend. And hopefully we’ll be able to get that edge.
Sutil is one other driver that believes’ the racing spectacle is going to be much better at the Australian circuit, however, he is also one of the drivers that proved there were overtaking opportunities at Bahrain as he managed to climb to 12th right back from 21st, albeit passing new comer teams Virgin, Lotus & HRT. Sutil does believe, however, that the teams at the front of the field in Bahrain may have been driving cautiously and as a result provided us with the uninteresting racing that we are all talking of. This is a pattern that he is not expecting to be repeated in Australia.
Sutil said: “I think every drivers were a bit cautious as it was the first race and we had to go a long distance on the soft tyre and nobody really knew the best way to call it.
“Now we will go to Australia and tweak it a bit more to the limit and start to be a more aggressive.
Ferrari Driver & Bahrain winner Fernando Alonso has called upon F1’s rule makers to resist pushing ahead with further rule changes in the wake of a dull 1st race.
The Spaniard believes some of his rivals were “hot-headed” in their criticism of the grand prix.
“I think that many of us have given some hot headed comments immediately
after the race in Bahrain,” Alonso said on Ferrari’s website.
“It’s true that the race in Sakhir wasn’t especially spectacular – although for us Ferrari it was great and exciting – but it’s too early to talk about changing the rules.
“We have to wait and see different races and check the situation, without being emotional. Something that confuses the fans is changing the rules all the time.”