Hamilton staying upbeat

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton (2/1 World Drivers’ Championship outright) believes he should have taken the chequered flag in the first two meetings of the 2012 Formula One campaign but feels the team can be proud of the start it has made this season.

The 27-year-old currently sits in second place in the World Drivers’ Championship, having come third in both the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prixs this month.

Hamilton started in pole position at both Melbourne and Sepang but surrendered the leads for both Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso to take the chequered flags.

Despite two wasted opportunities, the Englishman is pleased with the start McLaren has made, as it has overtaken Red Bull for raw speed in the campaign so far.

He said: “I should have 50 points, but I don’t.

“Yeah, we would love to have 20 points more, but at least we’ve had consistency and we’re there in the fight.

“We’ve been the quickest in qualifying in both races, so there are many positives to take, rather than looking at the negatives.”

Hamilton (9/4 Chinese Grand Prix outright) will be hoping it’s third time lucky as he prepares for the next meeting of the season at the Chinese Grand Prix on April 15.

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