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Lewis Hamilton vows to learn from Australian GP travails

  • ‘Positive things to take from race,’ says Mercedes driver
  • Hamilton came second in season opener in Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton has said he will be heading straight back to the Mercedes factory in the UK to participate in an investigation into the issues he faced at the Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton was second to his teammate Valtteri Bottas but had a poor start and suffered damage early in the race that cost him performance. Mercedes were dominant in Melbourne but Hamilton also warned that he still believed the championship battle would be a three-way fight with Ferrari and Red Bull.

Bottas scored an emphatic win, having beaten Hamilton off the start line and into the first corner after the British driver suffered from some wheelspin. The Finn then dominated the race and deservedly took the chequered flag but Hamilton revealed afterwards he had lost downforce after sustaining damage to the floor of his car on lap four.

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