Rosberg win tempers Hamilton's mood

The Bolton News: Lewis Hamilton  had to pull out of the race (AP) Lewis Hamilton had to pull out of the race (AP)

Lewis Hamilton hailed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's Australian Grand Prix victory as "a massive positive" despite his own "costly hiccup" that robbed him of the chance of a win.

Despite clinching the 32nd pole position of his Formula One career on Saturday, Hamilton was forced to retire from the race at Melbourne's Albert Park after just three laps.

Already suspicious of an issue he could sense on his way to the grid, Hamilton slipped to third by the first corner and was fourth at the end of the opening lap.

Although told by the team to retire on lap two, he was then swiftly informed to continue as there was hope the issue would resolve itself.

However, on the next lap it become apparent it was a terminal fault as a cylinder failed.

As Hamilton then looked on for the remainder of the race, Rosberg completed a faultless march to the fourth win of his career.

"I wanted to keep going, but we had to play safe and save the engine," said Hamilton.

"I'm disappointed when I think about all the work that has gone on back at our factories, it's tough to have a costly hiccup."

The positive for Hamilton is that Rosberg's car ran faultlessly all weekend, proving what Mercedes are capable of.

"I am generally quite relaxed," added Hamilton.

"I know I did everything I could, did everything right. I couldn't have been any more focused and I couldn't have done any better.

"It is what it is. The really positive thing is the car is fantastic and we've still got a long way to go (in the championship).

"There's a massive positive as we won the race, and by a long way which is a cool thing, so for the team it's a really strong position to be in, and the car looks great.

"So we will recover from this. We have achieved an incredible amount to get here, to be at the front and to be so competitive.

"We will bounce back and learn from this."

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