Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

  • Nationality GBR
  • Standing 2nd
  • Points 191

Season info

Last race

RET

  • Belgium 24/08/2014
  • Belgium

Best finish

1st

( x27 )

Twitter

"As I was in my race suit for the last ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I'v..."

Lewis Hamilton Links

Hamilton: No complaints

Lewis concedes pit delays left him with too much to do

Last Updated: 27/03/12 9:03am

  • Share:
Lewis Hamilton: Paid tribute to Perez and Alonso

Lewis Hamilton: Paid tribute to Perez and Alonso

Lewis Hamilton has taken comfort from a second successive podium finish even though pit-stop delays in Malaysia contributed to another failure to convert pole position into a race win.

The McLaren driver managed to fend off team-mate Jenson Button into the first corner at Sepng but the onset of changeable conditions made the Sepang race more of a lottery than the Woking squad wanted.

SKY SPORTS F1 HD

  • Watch all this season's races
  • No ad breaks - uninterrupted live race and qualifying coverage
  • Enjoy F1 on the move with Sky Go
  • Expert commentators and pundits - including Martin Brundle, David Croft and Ted Kravitz
  • In-depth programmes and analysis

Hamilton led convincingly to the early red flag but lost ground at the subsequent pit stops at the re-start, which dropped him behind Fernando Alonso and he then steadily lost touch with the Spaniard and surprise package Sergio Perez as the duo waged an absorbing fight for victory.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1's Natalie Pinkham after finishing third for the second time in eight days, Hamilton conceded that the two men he finished behind had performed well and his own delays had simply left him with too much to do.

"It was an interesting race," he said.

"Obviously we would have been much happier finishing where we started. But the other two drivers [Alonso and Perez] did a fastest job and I tried my hardest to catch them.

"It was just a very eventful race really. Trying to find the right time to change from extreme tyres to intermediates - we were probably a bit late with that - and then going on to slicks. Making the call, it's whether you take the risk or not and the others went a little bit earlier.

"We lost a bit of time through our pit stops - I think I had a [problem with the] right-rear, or left-rear, on one of the pit stops and then a right-front and so I lost a bit of time there.

"So I was a kind of out of the fighting and trying to close a 12s gap was pretty tough."

And although he will have to wait another three weeks for another chance to open his victory account for 2012, Hamilton took the positives from the result.

"I can't complain," he said. "I think the car has been good all weekend and the team continue to do a good job. And I'm on the podium again - which is my target, to have consistency.

"I can't understand for the life of me understand how I did it in 2007 [when he finished on the podium in nine consecutive races] so I'm trying to repeat that."

  • Share:

Related

Malaysian Grand Prix 2012

Narain Karthikeyan: Stewards agreed with Vettel

Karthikeyan penalised by stewards

Malaysian GP stewards gave Narain Karthikeyan a 20-second time penalty following his collision with Sebastian Vettel while being lapped.

Perez hunted down Alonso being making an error

Sauber denies conspiracy talk

Peter Sauber has rubbished suggestions that Sergio Perez's race engineer sent him a coded radio message not to attack Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Bruno Senna: Earned his best F1 result in the Malaysian Grand Prix

Senna out to silence critics

Bruno Senna hopes his sixth-place finish in Malaysia will go some way to answer critics who say he is only in F1 because of his famous name.

Most Popular

Features

Lewis Hamilton Q&A

Lewis Hamilton Q&A

His explosive Belgian GP press briefing where he claimed Rosberg "didn’t want to" avoid their collision.

Lewis' ice-bucket

Lewis' ice-bucket

Lewis Hamilton takes on the ice-bucket challenge after Daniel Ricciardo's nomination on Thursday.

Half-term report

Half-term report

All 22 F1 drivers' performances in the first half of the 2014 season reviewed and rated.