McLaren bosses praise Hamilton's F1 drive in Malaysian GP
PUBLISHED: 10:38 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Juergen Tap
F1 WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton has been praised for his impressive drive in Sunday s Malaysian Grand Prix. After being accused of lying to race stewards and forced into a humiliating apology for events after the season-opening Australian race, Hamilto
F1 WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton has been praised for his "impressive" drive in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.
After being accused of lying to race stewards and forced into a humiliating apology for events after the season-opening Australian race, Hamilton did his talking on the track in Malaysia.
Seventh position in a shortened rain-lashed grand prix might not sound that great, but McLaren bosses hailed the achievement in a car that doesn't have the pace and downforce of Jenson Button's Brawn GP.
Under-fire McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh praised Hamilton's drive around a wet Sepang track to claim his first championship point from 12th on the grid.
Speaking after Sunday's grand prix, Whitmarsh said: "The extremely changeable dry-wet conditions made today's race a very challenging one for all competitors - but, as ever, Lewis's ability shone brightly in the gathering gloom and the race brought another really impressive performance from him.
"He kept his head throughout, and the result was a hard-earned point for seventh place.
"That may not sound like a great deal by our usually high standards, but given where he started, it's a step in the right direction.
"Overall, then, in testing conditions the team did a great job - as did Lewis."
Norbert Haug, vice-president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, described the race as being "like a battle".
He said: "Despite starting from the sixth row on the grid, Lewis was in good shape.
"And everybody who kept his car on the track in these conditions was a hero today."
The next race is the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on Sunday, April 19.
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