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Lewis Hamilton ‘very happy’ with sixth position

Lewis Hamilton admitted himself pleased with sixth position at the Malaysian GP following the McLaren driver fight his way up from 20th on the grid. Lewis completed his usual flying start, passing more than a few cars on the opening lap before pushing Adrian Sutil stiff until the end of the race.

I had a great start, went down the inside and got past a lot of cars on the first lap. I was able to keep going for much of the race on my first set of tyres, and even nearly got past Sebastian [Vettel] after his pitstop,” said Hamilton. “After my pitstop, I tried my best to get past Adrian [Sutil], but he was very smart at getting clean exits and was simply too fast down the straights. He drove a fantastic race, actually; faultless, in fact. McLaren not ill-timed its qualifying run, leading to the low grid positions of both cars, Hamilton imagine he could even have been combating for the race win.

From 20th on the grid, I think sixth was a brilliant result. I reckon we showed today that we were fast enough to compete with the guys at the very front – and, that being the case, if we’d started farther up we could’ve had an even better result this afternoon. Overall, then, I’m well happy with my race – I couldn’t ask for any more to be honest. The team really deserved this, and we’re now closer to the top in the constructors’ championship than we were before the race. So we’ll take forward a lot of positives with us into the next race.

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