Lewis Hamilton admits he spared a thought for Fernando Alonso following Ferrari's return to winning ways in the Malaysian Grand Prix, a day when the Spaniard endured a troubled return to F1 action with McLaren.

Though he notched up 11 wins during his five-year tenure at Ferrari, Alonso's decision to negotiate out of his contract in favour of a move to McLaren was largely based on the impression he wasn't receiving a car capable of challenging for the title.

However, just as McLaren struggles to get its new Honda-powered MP4-30 up to a competitive level, his replacement at Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel is already celebrating a win for the team in only his second outing.

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If Vettel's success was grating on Alonso, he wasn't showing it in the direct aftermath of the race, though his team-mate during his first McLaren stint in 2007, Hamilton, admits he couldn't help but wonder what the Spaniard is thinking in the wake of the result.

"I was sitting next to Sebastian and I thought to myself 'What is Fernando thinking?'" Hamilton said after theh race. "I remember when I left McLaren and joined Mercedes, we were better the next year.

"I had a good feeling then. But he's almost done the opposite of what I did. It could have been him [winning]. It's just strange how things turn out."

Having been forced to miss the season opener through injury, Alonso qualified 18th and failed to finish in Sepang.