SEPANG, Malaysia, Monday March 31, 2014, CMC – Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes captured his first event in ten outings and his first ever at Sepang when he won the Malaysian Grand Prix here Sunday.
The Brit, whose paternal grandparents are Grenadian, was timed at one hour, 40:25.974 as he lead a one-two on the podium with teammate Nico Rosberg.
Defending champion Sebastien Vettel finished third but never had a chance as Hamilton expertly converted his pole position into a dominant drive, to earn the points in the second event of the Formula One season.
“[I’m] incredibly happy. [It’s] my first time [winning in Malaysia]. It’s my eighth year here and finally got that win,” Hamilton beamed.
“I really just owe it all to the team. Did a fantastic job, the guys back at the factory pushing non-stop to get the car to where it is, and of course to do it on Petronas… on our home ground… almost, to get a one-two, I mean it’s quite special when you get a one-two.
“I’ve not had many in my career and so that makes it even more special. I’m really grateful for all the work that’s done and… yeah, great day.”
The near flawless performance from Hamilton compensated for his terrible misfortune in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne two weeks ago. Then, he started on pole but suffered mechanical failure on the first lap and was forced to retire.
Also, the victory managed to reignite Hamilton’s dream of winning the F1 title, after Vettel’s absolute domination in recent seasons.
Though starting on pole, Hamilton said Sunday’s race had not been as easy as it appeared.
“I don’t think any race is ever easy. Obviously there are opportunities that are presented in front of you and obviously you have to take them with both hands and today that’s what I did,” he explained.
“But no, looking after the car, looking after fuel, not making any mistakes, it was a massive challenge in that sense.” Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)