Lewis Hamilton: “There are potential podiums possible”

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Lewis Hamilton says he’s “going to be battling as hard as I can, try and get off the line as well as I can” at the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton will be starting the Australian Grand Prix from P5, in part thanks to Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz’s being unable to qualify higher than P9, after a late red flag ruined his first Q3 flying lap.

“There’s a Ferrari that should have been ahead of us, but I’m grateful for that position,” Hamilton said after qualifying.

“I think we did a decent job to get to where we are because we had a bigger deficit yesterday.

“My last lap, I felt like I there was more in it, so I had this unexpected step of grip and didn’t get to maximise it, but I am still naturally happy with it.”

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After the session Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was in danger of receiving a penalty for allegedly failing to respect single yellow flags, but he was later cleared by the stewards.

While the penalty was still a possibility, Lewis said this could make a podium possible for Mercedes.

“Well then that means we’ve got a good fight up front and there are potential podiums possible – who knows?

“I am just going to be battling as hard as I can, try and get off the line as well as I can,” concluded Hamilton.

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