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Hamilton, on the other hand, is mildly surprised with his fifth-place finish in Australia and believes his car is capable of improving this weekend. He said he “just didn’t dial the car properly” because of the wet conditions in practice and qualifying, leading to “a lot of under-steering” that made it easy for Alonso and Raikkonen to pass him.

“I didn’t optimize the setup in the car,” he said. “I think there is more in it. I will try and show that this weekend.”