Lewis Hamilton says more improvement is needed from Mercedes after taking his first pole position for the team last weekend.
Hamilton went on to score his second consecutive podium finish which put him fourth in the drivers’ championship standings, 12 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel.
Three races into his Mercedes career, Hamilton says he is getting used to his surroundings: “With each race, I am becoming more settled in the team and more comfortable in my car, and we were very happy with the pole and podium finish.”
“There are some areas where we need to improve to close that gap to the fastest cars and we’re working hard to identify and develop those.”
However he was cautious about the team’s prospects for this weekend’s race: “There’s a limit to what we can do before Bahrain but I’ll be talking to my engineers before we arrive at the circuit and seeing where we can improve in the short term.”
Team principal Ross Brawn said it was a sign of how much the team had progressed that they felt disappointed with third place in China:
“The performances so far have been pleasing and perhaps even beyond our pre-season expectations however there is work to be done,” said Brawn.
“We have two main areas to focus on; we must improve the reliability and we have to lift our performance to find that extra couple of tenths to our fastest competitors. And of course, that’s a moving target to make the challenge even tougher.”
“We’ve had a taste of success already this season and the slight feeling of disappointment with third place in China is our motivation,” he added.