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Hamilton happy to have competitive team-mate

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton says he is happy for Jenson Button © Sutton Images
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Lewis Hamilton says he was happy to see Jenson Button win the Australian Grand Prix and is glad he has a competitive team-mate.

The 2008 world champion's comments come after he endured a difficult weekend in Melbourne that saw him arrested by police and ended with a frustrating race that concluded with him berating his team for bringing him in for a second pit stop.

But Hamilton has welcomed the competition between the two ahead of this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. "The fact is that I have got a very competitive team-mate, which is great as it is what we need as a team," he said. "Honestly, I was just so happy for Jenson because he is a great guy, and a great part of the team.

"I do feel at some stage that I will get my chance to win races and we are only two races into the season. I think the pace [in Australia] showed that I definitely had the pace in the race at least and I am as quick as the front guys."

Hamilton raised eyebrows after expressing his frustration with his team immediately after the race but has now put the incident behind him and stressed he has complete faith in McLaren to make the right calls.

"You have to rely on your team. When I am in the car I don't know exactly what is going on around me. After sitting down with the guys in the garage, I had a good understanding of why we did it. And from that experience, we will definitely take it forward for the next race and future races."