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by lim teik huat AND shamshul fitri
MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIXSEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT (MARCH 22-24)
LEWIS Hamilton was awestruck by the splendour of the city and the Petronas Twin Towers after his first public engagement here with the Mercedes AMG team yesterday.
But it will be all business from today when he makes his way to Sepang for the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix.
“It is the first time I am staying in the city. It’s a beautiful country with good weather and great fans who are always so supportive.
“I am really looking forward to seeing them. This weekend feels a little like a home race for the team with all of the activities with our title partner Petronas. I’m really looking forward to having my first visit to the top of the famous Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur before the weekend gets underway. It is one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton has switched from McLaren to Mercedes to partner German Nico Rosberg and the former world champion was in contention for a podium finish in the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne as he tried to make a two-stop strategy work but in the end had to make an extra stop and dropped down to fifth.
Despite losing out on the opportunity of a top three finish, Hamilton was happy with what Mercedes got out of the first race of the season.
“Looking at our performance, the team have really made a step forward. I made the right decision to join the team. It’s not just the improvement in the car but also reshuffling with staff and factory.
“Hopefully, the car stays competitive for the coming races. I think we could have done better. We definitely had the capability but some things didn’t play into our hands. Our understanding of the tyres is now better,” said Hamilton, who became world champion in 2008.
Hamilton has never won at Sepang before and is relishing a shot at giving the team’s Malaysian sponsors a big cheer this weekend.
“Sepang is a fantastic circuit and one where I haven’t managed to win before. My favourite part of the track is probably turns five and six but it’s always an exciting challenge here with the heat and humidity.”
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