In the race at Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne, on Sunday (03.18.12), Hamilton appeared impressive in qualifying so they can grab pole position. Unfortunately, a bad start to make this British driver failed to maintain the position, and had to settle for finishing in third, behind his teammate, Jenson Button and Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel.
Even so, Hamilton remained steady facing the 2012 season. 2008 world champion is not burdened with poor performance in 2011, let alone a new car MP4-27 has a highly qualified competitiveness.
"I know this car I had a chance to win the world title," said Hamilton told the Daily Telegraph. "Jenson has proved it. He had a fantastic race, and it's a good start for this year, where we both finish on the podium and took a lot of points.
"It's still a tight season for both Red Bull cars is still very fast (Mark Webber finished in fourth place), and God knows where they are on Sunday. We're still going to be aggressive, but for us to start from the front has a good thing for the future.
"I feel ready for the championship, a sense of who have never felt before. I am ready on Sunday and that there was not as expected."
Well, to treat disappointment at failing to win the Australian GP, Hamilton set a target to win the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend even though he acknowledges, Red Bull and Ferrari will be a threat at the Sepang Circuit. But Hamilton hope in the circuit where McLaren is perfect is that they can finish in positions 1-2.