Hamilton upbeat on Malaysia chances

Lewis Hamilton (2/1 – Malaysian GP outright) hopes he can secure a first ever win at the Malaysian GP this weekend.

The Mercedes star was forced to retire after just three laps in the first race of the season in Australia, as team-mate Nico Rosberg went on to claim maximum points.

Hamilton hopes the technical issues that ended his race prematurely in Melbourne will be resolved before Formula 1 heads to Malaysia this weekend.

“I’ve been talking to my engineers quite a lot over the last few days and they are still investigating but they have found that something went wrong with the wiring to the engine just as I left the garage,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“There was nothing we could do to avoid it. The fortunate thing is that we did stop when we did. I didn’t want to stop I have to say. The car was going but not very fast. I am keeping my fingers crossed and I think it is going to be usable.”

Hamilton’s (2/1 Drivers’ Championship outright) best result in Malaysia to date is a second place finish in his debut season in Formula 1 in 2007, although he has finished on the podium in the last two seasons and has never finished outside the points.

The 2008 world champion remains upbeat on his chances of securing the win on Sunday and is in optimistic mood ahead of the Malaysian GP.

He added: “I finished second on my Formula 1 debut here in 2007 and have been on the podium at the last two Malaysian Grands Prix but I’ve yet to win here.

“It would be amazing to stand on the top step at one of our home races and I’m looking forward to bouncing back after a tough weekend in Australia. Although it was not the result we were hoping for, every setback is a chance to learn more about this new car, which is important as they’re incredibly complex machines.

“I know the team at Brackley and Brixworth is pushing harder than ever and I’ll be doing the same.”

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