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2015-03-27 09:43

I DID IT! Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Thomas Weber, head of Mercedes F1 development, after winning the 2015 Australian F1 GP. Image: AP / Mark Dadswell

SEPANG, Malaysia - Lewis Hamilton may not have been as dominant in Melbourne as first thought.

Germany's Auto Motor and Sport has reported that a detailed investigation by Mercedes showed the team got the numbers wrong regarding team mate Nico Rosberg's fuel strategy.

Team boss Toto Wolff said after the Australian GP that the German "did not have the weapons" to fight against Hamilton in the race because of fuel consumption.


However today's (Marc 27) report said Rosberg had more fuel in his tank after the race than expected.

"Obviously," the magazine said, "the calculations regarding fuel were wrong."

Jacques Villeneuve, 1997 F1 champion, was also not writing-off Rosberg because of his Australian performance.

Asked by Brazil's Globo to nominate his pick for the 2015 title, the French-Canadian said: "I'm betting on Nico. I think he's the most hungry for this season."


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