Red-hot Hamilton's a fast mover

PUBLISHED: 10:31 21 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 26 October 2009

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2007, Grand Prix of Malaysia,  2 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes), 
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Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2007, Grand Prix of Malaysia, 2 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes), *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Juergen Tap +++

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LEWIS Hamilton continued his red-hot start to the F1 season in Malaysia earlier today. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver was fastest in the second practice session for Sunday s Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit. The 23-year-old from Herts was

Lewis Hamilton

LEWIS Hamilton continued his red-hot start to the F1 season in Malaysia earlier today.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver was fastest in the second practice session for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit.

The 23-year-old from Herts was only fifth quickest in the morning at the track situated on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

However, the Australian Grand Prix winner posted the fastest lap of the day in the afternoon session with a time of 1 minute 35.055 seconds.

Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen clocked the second and third best laps of the second session ahead of Jenson Button.

World championship leader Hamilton was satisfied with his day's work in the heat and humidity of Malaysia after winning the opening grand prix last weekend in Melbourne.

He said: "I am pretty happy with today's results as the car showed consistent pace throughout the session and good overall speed.

"Unfortunately, the morning session was not perfect as I had a slight problem on the car right at the end, but this didn't really have any effect on our planned programme of tyre evaluation and race set up work."

McLaren Formula One CEO Martin Whitmarsh said: "Despite the small gearshift problem on Lewis's car this morning we are pretty comfortable with the performance of the MP4-23 here.

"Obviously there is always room to improve and the engineers will be working hard this evening to find those extra tenths, but overall we are reasonably happy."

Hamilton's McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen was seventh fastest in the second session and third quickest in the morning spin.

Rain is expected for tomorrow's qualifying session and Sunday's grand prix.

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