McLaren bosses praise Hamilton's F1 drive in Malaysian GP

PUBLISHED: 10:38 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

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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

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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.

Lewis Hamilton

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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