Lewis Hamilton 5th Place in Sepang

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Lewis Hamilton was pleased to come away with four points after an eventful Malaysian Grand Prix which eventually saw the Brit finish in fifth place.

Having qualified fourth, Hamilton was demoted five places for impeding Nick Heidfeld at the end of the qualifying session, but he made those places up off the line before a jammed wheel nut scuppered his podium opportunity.

“I did the best job I could,” Hamilton said. “I got a really good start and was pretty happy to jump five places from ninth to fifth.”

Hamilton had to drive the notoriously hot and physically demanding race without a water supply after a problem with the McLaren’s drink system, and was encouraged by how well he had coped.

“The great thing is that even though I didn’t have any water I was able to drive the race and I feel fine, better than last year,” he said.

But his main thought leaving Sepang is that McLaren must strike back at Ferrari in the next round at Sakhir, having lagged behind their title rival all weekend in Malaysia.

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