Lewis Hamilton is hoping to build on the progress Mercedes made in Melbourne last Sunday when he takes in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The former McLaren man qualified on the second row of the grid in Australia and then took fifth in the race in his first outing for his new team.

He is now after a similarly positive result in Sepang, an event that is important to the Brackley-based outfit as it is the home race for title partner, Petronas.

"Malaysia is a beautiful country with great weather and great fans who are always so supportive, I'm really looking forward to seeing them. This weekend feels a little like a home race for the team with all of the activities for our title partner Petronas. I'm really looking forward to having my first visit to the top of the famous Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur before the weekend gets underway," Hamilton said in the countdown to the second round in the F1 2013 World Championship.

"Sepang is a fantastic circuit and one where I haven't managed to win before. My favourite part of the track is probably turns five and six but it's always an exciting challenge here with the heat and humidity

"I'm very proud of the work that the team have done so far and I know that the guys are pushing hard back in the UK to bring more performance to the car.

"I hope we can have a positive weekend here and build on the progress that we made in Melbourne and on what we learned from that race."

Mercedes team principal, Ross Brawn meanwhile is also keen to see the squad take another step forward this Sunday.

"The first race of the season provided some very encouraging signs for the team; our car performed well and seemed to be competitive in all of the conditions that the Melbourne weather gave us. However, we didn't quite find the correct balance for the race which compromised our ability to maximise the starting positions of Lewis and Nico [Rosberg]. With the second race in Malaysia following this weekend, we're looking forward to the opportunity to put that right," he added.

"Malaysia is one of the most special races of the season for our team and it's a real honour to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of F1 in the country with our title partner Petronas. We all hope to put on a good show this weekend for the Malaysian fans," Brawn concluded.


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