The Brit couldn’t start his title defence with a win after finishing behind Sebastian Vettel in Melbourne.
Hamilton had the lead until lap 26, when his title rival made use of a virtual safety car to sneak down the pit lane and emerge ahead of the pack.
The Mercedes driver failed to catch Vettel and had to hold off the German’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third.
Meanwhile, Bottas had to settle for an eighth-place finish after crashing out in qualifying on Saturday.
And it appears Hamilton missed his Mercedes co-star in Melbourne.
“It’s definitely not easy to fight against a team with two cars in the mix compared to one team with one,” he told Formula 1’s official website.
“The Ferraris were always going to play one off the other, there’s two of them.
“They’ve got two aces or whatever, two jacks or jokers.
“You pit one guy which forces you to protect yourself on the undercut, but the other guy’s in the clear.
“And in my mind I was like ‘just like look out for number three’ (on the road – Vettel), as that’s who I think I was racing, but Kimi drove fantastically well – he was generally quick all weekend.
“I think we will work together and Valtteri will be working very hard to make sure he’s up there.”
Hamilton will be hoping to record his first win of the season in Bahrain next month.
Source : EXPRESS