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10/19/08
f1
Hamilton praises McLaren team for 'phenomenal job'  
A happy Lewis Hamilton with his father
"All weekend we've had God on our side as always and the team have done a phenomenal job really," said Lewis Hamilton after winning the Chinese GP Sunday.

"We came here and the car felt fantastic all weekend - I owe so much to the guys, not just at the track but at home.

"The car is really a dream to drive. It was a fantastic team effort so a big thanks to them.

"It was a great start, probably one of the best we've had this year which was needed. I took it easy for the first few corners and then started to build the gap.

"We were just very consistent, every lap was a bit faster and there were very few errors through the race. From there it was pretty smooth sailing.

"After the second pit stop we were pretty much cruising, looking after the tires and the engine. I knew there was an even bigger gap behind me.

"I just had to keep it under control, it wasn't tough at all. When you are at the front and you've got a gap and you can push a bit more.

"It is quite comforting, about keeping your head and keeping calm."

Ferrari's Felipe Massa meanwhile conceded that his Ferrari was just too slow on this day.

"I didn't have a good start. We just stayed in the same positions," he said.

"Lewis was a bit stronger in the beginning - he just started pulling away and this make his race more comfortable.

"For us we were driving on the limit trying to reduce the gap but it was not possible.

"Lewis had a better car for the whole weekend. I think for the championship it was not fantastic but for the constructors it was very good."

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