Lewis Hamilton was quick to congratulate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari for their race win in today’s Malaysian Grand Prix after Mercedes struggled in the extreme heat of Sepang.
High degradation meant that both Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg struggled with tire management, with the Briton finishing 8.5 seconds behind Vettel at the flag after failing to cut the gap in his final stint of the race.
Despite being disappointed to have missed out on a second win of the season, Hamilton admitted on the podium after the race that Ferrari was simply too quick for Mercedes in Malaysia.
“Firstly a huge congratulations to Ferrari and Sebastian,” Hamilton said. “They did an amazing job. Jeez, they had some good pace today.
“I gave it everything I could, we did as a team. I knew coming into this weekend [Ferrari] made a step, we didn’t know how big. They were too fast for us today.”
Hamilton refused to dwell on his defeat, and instead said that Mercedes will focus on finding where it lost time during the race to ensure that it can fight back in China.
“I think we’ll just get back together and try and figure out where we were losing time today,” Hamilton said. “The balance wasn’t great. There are definitely areas we can improve, and I’m sure we’ll be fighting for the next race which I’m really excited about.
“The team did a fantastic job. I’m really grateful for the car I have. The fans have been fantastic this weekend so thank you guys.”
Despite finishing second, Hamilton still leads the drivers’ championship by three points, and will be hoping to extend his advantage at the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.