Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Ecstatic Hamilton: Nothing is ever easy

Sunday 30th March 2014

 RSS

Share:

Ecstatic Hamilton: Nothing is ever easy

Ecstatic Hamilton: Nothing is ever easy

There was a great sense of relief for Lewis Hamilton as he crossed the finish line at Sepang after he secured his maiden Malaysian Grand Prix victory.

The opening race of the season in Australia a fortnight ago was a rollercoaster one from Hamilton as he started on pole, but was forced to retire after just a handful of laps. He made it back-to-back poles in Malaysia, but the events from Melbourne were no doubt in the back of his mind.

However, he got away cleanly on Sunday and led from pole to flag with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg finishing second and defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel completing the podium.

The victory was the 2008 World Champion's first at Sepang and he is hopeful there is still plenty more to come from the Brackley squad this season.

"To win that race is incredible - I'm kind of lost for words, really. Just ecstatic - what a great weekend for the team, particularly after a difficult weekend in Australia. To see all the work the team have done to get us here today, well I'm really proud," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I'm really happy with the way today went. Nothing is ever easy and you're always learning, and today is the first race distance I've really covered. I've learned about the fuel and the tyres, lots of things I can improve upon. But I'm really happy with the performance today, and let's hope it continues."

Hamilton also dedicated his victory to those affected by the Malaysian air disaster. Flight MH370 went missing on March 8 and it is presumed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

"I came into the weekend thinking that dedicating a win to the people of Malaysia would be a really cool thing to do. You can never predict that you're going to win, so the first thing I thought of when I crossed the line was those families," he said.

"I've been watching it every day on the news and cannot even imagine what it's like for them. I know this won't do anything for them, but still, hopefully it's a positive."

Related Links
Hamilton Claims Commanding Sepang Win
Gallery: Race Day In Malaysia

Keeping Cool In Abu Dhabi

Editor's Picks

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Lewis, his family and Mercedes all celebrated the Brit's 2014 Drivers' Championship success in Abu Dhabi...

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton finally achieved the points difference that all his 2014 performances have justified...

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The Championships both went to Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton securing the drivers. But who finished P6? Find out...

NTF1News: Disney Movie

NTF1News: Disney Movie

Among news items this week, tales of the Honey Badger, plus Disney's new movie about the engine row - Un-Frozen...

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg kept his lock-ups to a minimum as Turn 4 came back to haunt Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos...