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Hamilton targets repeat of 2008 Australia win

ESPNF1 Staff
March 22, 2010 « Toyota remains involved on the sidelines | »
Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2008 Australian Grand Prix © Getty Images
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Lewis Hamilton is hoping that fond memories of his grand prix debut and the special atmosphere of Albert Park will inspire him to a repeat of his winning drive in the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.

"I've always enjoyed Albert Park," said Hamilton. "I had a great race here on my Formula One debut in 2007, won the race a year later and made full use of KERS to drive through the field there last year.

"But, for me, the best things about the Australian Grand Prix are the people and the atmosphere. The fans in the grandstands, the people in the city and the organisation at the track are all fantastic, and it is one of the most welcoming and relaxing events of the year. I really love it."

Hamilton, who finished on the podium in Bahrain behind the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, thinks he could have finished even higher had he not been held up behind Nico Rosberg's Mercedes in his opening stint.

"I'm looking forward to Melbourne. I like the circuit, I think we'll go well there and I don't think we'll have the same problems that slowed our progress in Bahrain. I had a great race in Bahrain: despite losing time in the opening stint, I pushed like crazy for the whole race and I'm pleased that we've got some decent points on the board."