Mercedes duo in confident mood

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton (2/1 Malaysian GP outright) both appear to be upbeat ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 30 despite suffering mixed fortunes in the season opener in Melbourne.

Hamilton started the race in Australia on pole position but had to withdraw after just three laps after encountering a problem with the car.

Rosberg (11/4 Drivers’ Championship outright) on the other hand produced a dominant performance to claim victory in Melbourne, a display which was reminiscent of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

Reliability had been the main issue for most of the team’s leading into the new season, but the victor admitted that his Mercedes ran flawlessly and added that he is excited about the prospect of challenging at the top.

“To know that I can keep going for poles and race wins is cool,” he said.

“I now know pretty well how Sebastian must have felt last year when he was winning by 30 seconds.”

Despite a disappointing performance for Hamilton individually, the former World Champion has admitted the result is great for the team and insists he is focused on getting back in the points in the next race.

“We have a great car and engine, and the pace was really strong as Nico clearly showed. It was a fantastic result.”

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