Lewis Hamilton says the Turkish Grand Prix showed Mercedes and Ferrari have made progress.
“But we also know that we didn?óÔé¼Ôäót really get the maximum from the package we expected to run in Turkey.
“As always, we?óÔé¼Ôäóre fighting to bring lots of new parts to the track, and it isn?óÔé¼Ôäót always possible to run them ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ either from a performance or reliability point of view.
“Even before first practice, we knew we were going to have to scale back our ambitions on the development front for this particular race.
“Of course, that?óÔé¼Ôäós disappointing but you have to look at the bigger picture: the championship will be won through consistency, so it?óÔé¼Ôäós better to score points with a decent result than risk a non-finish through a reliability failure despite having greater performance.”
Hamilton expects the two teams to remain a threat having got over their early problems:
“At the start of the season, we certainly expected Ferrari and Mercedes to be competitive ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and, even when they couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót quite deliver on their winter testing performance in the first three races, we knew it was only a matter of time before they got back into their stride.
“So seeing their pace at Turkey wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót a surprise ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it was actually more of a surprise that they hadn?óÔé¼Ôäót shown it since the start of the season.
“Having more teams in the fight works both ways ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it makes it harder to score good points if you?óÔé¼Ôäóve got lots of other drivers taking points off each other, but on the flip side, it should make it harder for anyone to decisively pull ahead in the points table ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ which was something we saw last year.”
2011 Turkish Grand Prix
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- Red Bull: Vettel leads a one-sided one-two
- Ferrari: Alonso stops the rot with podium run
- McLaren: Hamilton salvages fourth after battling with Button
- Mercedes: A weekend to forget for Schumacher
- Renault: Heidfeld unhappy with Petrov after contact
- Sauber: Point for Kobayashi after starting on last row
- Force India: Di Resta posts first retirement
- Williams: Barrichello falls to 15th with KERS fault