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Lewis Hamilton: “Australia was a great way to start”

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It was a near-perfect display for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS in the season opening Australian Grand Prix, with the Briton taking pole position and then converting that into victory.

The reigning World Drivers’ Champion was delighted to continue the domination he and his team achieved in 2014 with his opening victory of the season at Albert Park, but heads into the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend knowing anything can happen and cannot take anything for granted.

“Australia was a great way to start,” said Hamilton. “To pick up where we left off last year was awesome. But if 2014 showed anything, it’s that putting together a whole season is never easy.

“Winning the first race is just one small step in a long journey and I’m not reading anything into it.”

Hamilton admits to have focused on this weekend’s race at Sepang ever since leaving Albert Park, and is hoping to repeat his victory at the track he achieved for the first time back in 2014.

“The next step is Malaysia and that’s all I’ve been focusing on since we left Melbourne,” insisted Hamilton.

“I can’t wait to get back out there and I can’t wait to get to Sepang. It’s a great circuit, a home race for PETRONAS and a country I really enjoy going to.

“Of course, the race itself is really tough with the heat and humidity. But I feel ready for anything right now and the aim is to repeat last year’s performance.

“It took me eight attempts to win this race when I finally made it to the top step last year and I don’t plan on waiting that long again…”

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