Bullish Hamilton says Melbourne GP was no 'lucky shot'

Hamilton's move to Mercedes looked inspired after Sunday's opening race when he easily outpaced former team-mate Jenson Button and his McLaren replacement Sergio Perez, who finished ninth and 11th.

updated: March 21, 2013 15:42 IST
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Kuala Lumpur: Formula One star Lewis Hamilton warned last week's fifth-place finish with new team Mercedes was no "lucky shot" and suggested he could be among the leaders at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The 2008 world champion, glowing after a successful team switch from McLaren, said set-up problems had affected his pace early in Sunday's season-opener in Melbourne - and he vowed not to make the same mistake at Sepang.

"I feel very optimistic. I came away from there with 10 points and I feel really happy with 10 points because when I made the switch I didn't know where we'd be, and I definitely didn't think we'd come away from the first race with 10 points," said the Briton.

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