Patience is a trait typically in short supply for any Formula One driver, let alone one as brilliantly improvisational as Lewis Hamilton. But after an engine glitch saw his pole position at the Australian Grand Prix count for little in the opening race of the season, the Mercedes driver had to bide his time to make amends for his Melbourne malaise. On Sunday in Malaysia, that patience was rewarded handsomely.
As he did in Australia, Hamilton started from pole at a typically steamy Sepang circuit, but unlike the season-opener, this Grand Prix had a happy ending. The Briton’s 23rd career win came after a faultless performance, a solid start and a tight line into the tricky first corner preceding a three-stop strategy where he led for 55 of the 56 laps. As recoveries went, it was as impressive as it was emphatic. In winning by 17.3 seconds, Hamilton snapped a run of nine races without a podium dating back to last year, and put himself right back in the title fight.
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