London, Mar 31(ANI): Former Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has said that the McLaren team needs to beef up their cars in the qualifying rounds for them to have a decent crack at this year's title.
Hamilton believes that despite McLaren collecting 54 points from the opening two Grand Prix's to sit second in the constructors' championship, their weakness has been their qualifying rounds.
It had resulted in Hamilton and fellow team-mate Jenson Button starting fourth and eighth on the grid in the season-opener in Bahrain, and 11th and fourth in Melbourne.
"In both Bahrain and Australia we've felt more comfortable with our race pace than the pace we showed in qualifying. While that's encouraging, it's clear we need to improve our qualifying pace if we're to have a regular shot at winning races," The Daily Express quoted Hamilton, as saying.
"It's all very well being quick in the race, but if you can't make up places from your grid position, then your race is still going to be a struggle," he added.
Hamilton further said that the team's saving grace has been the performance of the car during a race.
"We can take home the positives: our car is fast, much faster than it was this time last year, and it seems to be reliable. Now we need to work on single-lap pace, the sooner the better," he added. (ANI)