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Championship leader Lewis Hamilton targets to add a fourth Chinese Grand Prix victory in to his racing career in order to recover from a tough Malaysian GP.

Sebastian Vettel scored his and Ferrari’s first win since 2013 in Sepang, as a superb strategic drive for his new team helped him defeat pre-race favourites Mercedes in the 2015 F1 Malaysia Grand Prix.

Mercedes struggled in the hot conditions, high tyre degradation and balancing issues on race day, Hamilton did not have the pace to close the gap to nearest rival Sebastian Vettel in Sepang.

“Malaysia was a tough weekend. It always is with the heat – but with car problems on Friday, rain during qualifying on Saturday and a race, which didn’t go to plan on Sunday, this one was particularly challenging.”

“ I think ultimately we made the best choices we could – but there is always room for improvement and we have been working hard to analyse everything for the next race in China. Shanghai is one of my favourite locations – simply because of the fans.“

“I don’t know how, but from the moment we land at the airport they know we’re there. It really is amazing to see the support we get. The circuit itself is a different challenge to Albert Park and Sepang – but it’s one I really enjoy and it suits my driving style quite well.”

“ I won the race last year and have only finished outside of the podium places twice, so the target is definitely to build on that and get back to the front.”

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