Lewis Hamilton said he expects his rivals to give him a run for his money for the Malaysian GP after qualifying on pole position for Sunday’s race

The world champion looked supreme in qualifying and was four tenths quicker than his team mate who qualified alongside in second. He does not, however, think the race will be easy especially given the race pace shown by Rosberg and the Red Bulls who locked out the second row.

“I think they’re going to be very quick, they’ve been quick all weekend. I think tomorrow, provided the conditions are like this, the track is better, a lot smoother and seems to work better with the tyres than it has done in previous years. It will be a close race for sure because I think they had very good long runs but I think we are looking quite strong also, so hopefully that’s the case tomorrow.”

Mercedes’ Achilles heel has been at the starts but Hamilton said the team have not changed anything for this weekend or indeed any other weekend.

“The clutch system is the same one that we’ve had generally all year so there’s no changes to it. It’s just race on race we’re trying to understand it a more and more and trying to predict what it’s going to deliver. Nico got a great start, we both generally got good starts in the last race, so we are improving gradually.”

Hamilton trails Rosberg by 8 points in the drivers’ championship with six races to go.


Image via Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

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Ahmad Shallouf

Contributing Writer at MotorsportM8