Hamilton expects hot competition

PUBLISHED: 14:43 21 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton in practice at Sepang Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton in practice at Sepang Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

LEWIS Hamilton isn t taking anything for granted ahead of Easter Sunday s Malaysian Grand Prix. The 23-year-old McLaren driver was fastest in today s second practice session at the Sepang track. Hamilton won the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne last wee

Lewis Hamilton driving at the Sepang track

LEWIS Hamilton isn't taking anything for granted ahead of Easter Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old McLaren driver was fastest in today's second practice session at the Sepang track.

Hamilton won the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne last weekend and is looking to make it back-to-back victories this Sunday.

However, the Herts motor racing hero expects a tough battle in Malaysia, due to both the hot and humid weather conditions and the expected Ferrari revival after a poor show in Australia.

The scene at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia

"I think this will be a very different type of race weekend," said Hamilton.

"The circuit differs from Albert Park and conditions are a lot more humid and, perhaps, even more demanding on cars than they were at the last race.

"Also, Ferrari is sure to have a better weekend here so I'm expecting a tight battle at the front.

"We still have very good pace and reliability, though, so I feel in good shape."

Hamilton was pleased with his times around the track in today's free practice sessions.

He said: "Things were fine this morning and even better in second practice.

"We've been taking our time to fine-tune the chassis balance.

"My best lap was OK, although I perhaps lost a little time - that's racing, though.

"We definitely have a good car but so has our competition, so I expect qualifying to be very close."

On his chances of gaining another pole in qualifying tomorrow (Saturday), Hamilton said: "Heikki (Kovalainen) and I have both been quick today, so we have a strong chance, but I'm not going to underestimate our competition. We'll see what happens."

Hamilton will still start as favourite after his impressive victory in Australia.


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