Lewis Hamilton has some homework to do after being soundly beaten by Valtteri Bottas at the Australian Grand Prix.
Hamilton was the strong favourite to get 2019 off to a winning start after clinching pole position on Saturday, but a poor getaway opened the door for Bottas to take control.
The Finn cruised to victory in Melbourne with a 20 second gap to Hamilton, whose attentions turned to holding off a surging Max Verstappen in P3.
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“It’s a good weekend for the team so I have to be happy for everyone, and Valtteri drove an incredible race today, and deserved it,” Hamilton said.
“It’s a great start to the year and it’s what we could have hoped for for the team.”
“I had Max covered behind me, and I had some ideas of where the pace went, but I’ll go through it with my engineers afterwards.
“I’ll just train and work hard to stay and improve for next time.”
Hamilton later conceded that improvement involves working on his race starts.
He added: “It was a really solid weekend, but I have to work on my starts more. I didn’t have a problem, just didn’t have a good one.”