Lewis Hamilton hopes the mileage saved on his power unit in Australia will help him at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Mercedes was once again strong during practice for the race at Sepang on Friday, with Hamilton quickest in the first session and team-mate Nico Rosberg fastest in FP2. Hamilton retired early on from the Australian Grand Prix but is using the same power unit this weekend in Malaysia and he said he was hopeful it would provide him with a slight advantage.

"It saves us a few points and the grid penalty we will perhaps get a little bit further along the way," Hamilton said. "It's good, I'm glad that I also have that less mileage on the engine so hopefully I can push it a little bit more."

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Hamilton conceded that neither he nor Rosberg were happy with their cars despite being quickest on Friday.

"We got through the practice and [Rosberg] is at the front so it's kind of weird that you wouldn't be satisfied with that but balance-wise we are still a little bit away from where we want to be."

And Hamilton said making up ground on his team-mate in the drivers' championship was not his primary focus this weekend.

"Just getting as many points as possible is most important. It's important to me because Petronas is our main partner and they've contributed a huge amount to the performance we have this year so we'd like to pay them back by being on the top step."