Hamilton targets Sepang victory to kick start season

By on Monday, March 24, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is targeting a win at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix to kick start his 2014 season.

Hamilton claimed pole position in Australia but retired after just a couple of laps due to a mechanical problem with his W05.

"I finished second on my Formula 1 debut here in 2007 and have been on the podium at the last two Malaysian Grands Prix but I've yet to win here," said Hamilton.

"It would be amazing to stand on the top step at one of our home races and I'm looking forward to bouncing back after a tough weekend in Australia.

"Although it was not the result we were hoping for, every setback is a chance to learn more about this new car, which is important as they're incredibly complex machines. I know the team at Brackley and Brixworth is pushing harder than ever and I'll be doing the same."

Hamilton added that drivers need to be fully prepared for the physical challenge presented by the humidity in Malaysia.

"As a driver it's a weekend you have to be well prepared for physically, as it can be very easy to lose concentration towards the end of a long race in these conditions," he said.

"Then there's the rain which, when it comes, is just incredible. In a matter of minutes you can find yourself at the centre of a monsoon, which adds to the challenge."

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