Calls for more pace: Lewis Hamilton

lewis-hamiltonLewis Hamilton held off a rampaging Sebastian Vettel to take third in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday for Mercedes, his second podium for his new team, but said he still wants more from his car.

In only his third race for Mercedes since defecting from McLaren the Briton, was on pole in Shanghai but surrendered his lead on only lap five when the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa streamed past him on the straight.

Former world champion Hamilton on the radio at the end of the race that “we’re not quite there yet, “said team principal Ross Brawn.

Alonso won the race, with the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen who came in the second position.

“I’m not really sure where we’re losing out (compared to the other two). Today, overall pace was just not there and there are definitely a couple of areas that we can focus on on the car, said Hamilton, also third in Malaysia last month.

“We’ve got to bring some more updates and keep on improving, but the team is working on that. But at least after this I will go and analyse a little bit and try to figure out whereabouts we’re losing the time and see if we can zone in on that and try to improve there.” He added.