Lewis Hamilton claims third place at Malaysian Grand Prix

THIRD PLACE - Lewis Hamilton

LEWIS HAMILTON grabbed third place at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang as McLaren continued to rack up the points following their one and three in Australia last Sunday.

In a race marred by torrential rain Hamilton clinched his second third-place finish in eight days.

But team-mate Jenson Button – winner in Australia – finished a disappointing 14th.

Fernando Alonso clinched his 28th career victory ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez who could have won the race in his Sauber but for a costly error on lap 50.

[pullquote]In general, we lost some time in the pitstops and I was pushed out of the fight somewhat. But, all in all, it’s been a positive weekend and I’m not too frustrated. My aim for this season was always to be consistent – I did it in 2007 so I’m trying to repeat that[/pullquote]Alonso got to grips with the elements following a 50-minute delay after the race had been halted after nine laps due to the wet conditions.

Hamilton admitted: “It was pretty eventful race. it was difficult trying to judge the best time to change from Extreme Wets to Intermediates, and we were probably a little late on that – but that’s how it goes sometimes.

“Today wasn’t perfect – making the call for slicks is always a risk, and the others went a bit earlier than us.

“In general, we lost some time in the pitstops and I was pushed out of the fight somewhat. But, all in all, it’s been a positive weekend and I’m not too frustrated. My aim for this season was always to be consistent – I did it in 2007 so I’m trying to repeat that.”

Button said: “Today was a pretty difficult day, pretty much everything that could have gone wrong in the race did go wrong.

“And that’s just one of those things – a lot of my issues were brought on when I wiped my front wing off at the start: I locked up the rears, couldn’t slow the car down and hit Narain Karthikeyan, which was a bit frustrating. So I had to pit for a new nose, and that was pretty much it.

“And it’s always going to be tough when you’re down in 14th or 15th position. All the cars were so close and it was difficult to overtake, too. That made it very difficult.

“Big congratulation to Fernando, Sergio and Lewis, who scored more good points for the team – but it just wasn’t a good day for me today. The amazing thing is that I’m still third in the championship after not scoring any points!”

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “Today certainly wasn’t the day I was expecting. Firstly, this was a terrific race for Ferrari and a great result for Sauber – congratulations to both teams.

“It’s frustrating for us, as the race didn’t really go our way, but today’s result is great for the sport of Formula 1.”

 

 

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