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F1 Malaysian Grand Prix: It was ‘generally a good lap’ - Hamilton

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton masters the tricky wet conditions in Malaysia to secure the 40th F1 pole of his career
Lewis Hamilton has described his remarkable wet Malaysian Grand Prix pole position lap as “generally good”.

Hamilton blitzed his rivals on the first runs in Q3, using the intermediate tyres to do a 1m 49.834s, which at that point left him a massive 1.232 seconds up nearest rival and Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg.

Although he was then unable to improve later on, it still proved good enough to keep him top, even though track conditions improved and even though Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel did get very close, finishing just 0.074s back, and demoting Rosberg to third.

“Definitely, I am very happy with the first lap and grateful I got through just with that lap. It was generally a good lap. I felt positive about it,” Hamilton said.

“I think the first lap was quite good. It's always difficult because you go out and none of us have driven this weekend in the wet so the first lap is always just the unknown. You don't want to take too many risks that you don't get the lap but you need a banker. My lap was feeling pretty good so I was pushing.”

“I don't know if people out there watching realise, but when you go out in the wet for the first time, it is all about adapting to new conditions. It is a lot different, there is water on the ground and you don't know where it is going to aquaplane, what part of the track is more slippery than others.

“So, when you are accelerating out of the corners you are just trying to feel it and sometimes it snaps away from you. You are just feeling it from your gut and through your butt and everything and that is something I have always been not too bad at since I was a kid. Fortunately it worked today.”

Hamilton did look like he might improve on his second run, but had to abort after he was held up by Rosberg.

Was there a problem?

“I don't really remember, so obviously not!” he replied when asked about it.

Meanwhile, looking to the race, Hamilton expects it to be tough on the tyres and interesting in terms of the strategy.

“Last year we had a three-stop and it's very, very tough on the tyres here, particularly with these hot temperatures. Plus the race comes earlier so it's even warmer, if it is dry so it's going to be a real challenge for everyone, including the car but also with the tyres and the strategy,” he added.

Can anything stop him winning?

“I don't think about those things. I think about how I can win. I want to be thinking about the way that we can win tomorrow and all the steps [to do that]. It is going to be a hard race [as I said] being a bit earlier - its hotter, tougher for the tyres and a long run down to Turn 1. We have to be open minded for whatever the circumstances are.”
by Rob Wilkins

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March 28, 2015 12:38 PM

I dont know what you was watching richard but lewis followed nico into the pits both put on new inters they both did there outlaps lewis went onto his flying lap red in sector 1 nico backed out of his lap holding up lewis so lewis backed out but already took some life from the tyres nico started his flying lap after 2 outlaps with lewis doing the same after aborting his first go due to nico being in the way but he did not complain even though anyone with half a brain could see it didnt help him facts as i saw it


March 28, 2015 12:11 PM

@ ricard I know Nico had finished his lap I watched Quali. No point in slowing down on a drivers racing line. He should have moved right instead of making Lewis Lewis taking a tighter line which made it hard to set himself up for the next bend. Anyway kudos to Lewis as he did not bite in the press conference when one of the reporters tried to stir up the incident with Lewis not rising to it.

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