Happy Hamilton targets race win

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

A happy Lewis Hamilton has targeted picking up his first Malaysian Grand Prix victory after securing pole position during a wet qualifying session at Sepang.

Hamilton edged out reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel by 0.055s as rain struck Sepang and Hamilton is seeking to make amends after he was forced to retire from the Australian Grand Prix earlier this month.

"I'm really happy with our result today," he said. "It was a very close session and I'm relieved to come away with pole position as it was pretty tense towards the end. The lap was far from being my optimum: I should have been able to eke out a little more time but thankfully it wasn't needed.

"Conditions were incredibly difficult and it would have been so easy to get it wrong today. At times towards the end it was almost impossible to see if anyone was behind me. The team have done a great job once again, we have a great car, and we now have to convert this performance tomorrow."

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg topped the final practice session in dry conditions but was unable to make it count when the rain fell.

"I didn't feel very comfortable on the extreme wet tyres at the end of Q3, especially on the brakes, but I was still able to improve enough to claim third from Fernando [Alonso] which was the positive for me," he said.

"We've definitely improved the way we manage the sessions since Australia, so I was the last car to cross the line, but unfortunately the track didn't really improve. It will definitely be a difficult and eventful race as the weather is predicted to be the same again, but that will give me opportunities to gain some positions. I'm looking forward to the race and I want to get the best out of it, like we did in Melbourne."

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