• Malaysian Grand Prix

Mercedes was perfect - Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton capped another good weekend with a win © Sutton Images

Lewis Hamilton admitted Mercedes delivered him the perfect race as he waltzed to his first ever victory in Malaysia.

After a good start from pole Hamilton only lost the lead during the first round of pit stops, and looked to be in a race of his own in front of Nico Rosberg. The win gets him back on track after his retirement in Melbourne and Hamilton was relieved to bounce back from that disappointing start, and he paid tribute to his team for helping him do so.

"After such a difficult weekend, such a long winter, it was spectacular," he said. "We've got a get crowd here today and Petronas who work so hard with Mercedes to give us this win, I just feel so grateful. Fortunately the team were just spot on with the pit stops, the calling, the timing - and also the info that I was getting was just spot on. I am incredibly happy to take my first win here, at my eighth time - finally I have got that win. The team did a fantastic job. The guys back at the factory have been pushing non-stop to get the car where it is and to do it on our home ground almost [the home race for Petronas] and to get a one-two as well is quite special. I have not had that many one-twos in my career. That makes it even more special. I am very grateful for all the work that has been done."

In the closing stages it looked like rain might be on the way but Hamilton insisted a late shower would not have changed the outcome.

"To be honest, every time we've been racing here you see a black cloud coming and you're told it's going to rain. In previous years I might have been thinking 'please don't rain, please don't rain', but this year it was all good. I qualified first in the wet so I'm happy either way. I also had a good enough cushion that I felt confident that I will be able to deal with whatever comes."

Red Bull seemed to make a step forward but Hamilton is convinced Mercedes is still well out in front.

"I'd like to think Mercedes are the title favourites, at least at the moment. But there is such a long way to go. We have got a lot of competition out there. I am sure everyone is going to be pushing and we need to stay on it."

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