Hamilton: Malaysia, Most Dangerous Race in Career
The McLaren driver argued that Malaysia was, by far, the most difficult race in career, as it was close to impossible to maintain his car on the track once it started to rain heavily. Regardless of the positions he managed to make up after the rain started, Hamilton agreed there was no other choice but to end it there.
“It was undriveable. I got on the radio and told the team how bad it was - there was standing water and aquaplaning everywhere. It was unbelievable and very dangerous. In fact, I think they were the most dangerous conditions I've ever raced in,” said Hamilton after the Malaysian Grand Prix.
“When you're a racer, and when you're presented with an opportunity to perhaps score a better result than the car is currently able to deliver, then you are always keen to get back on the track. Yesterday, I was looking forward to a restart, and the race had certainly lifted, but it was pretty clear that the daylight was fading - and that was an additional element for the race organizers to consider. It was a pretty tough decision for them, but it was getting difficult to drive in those conditions so it was the right decision to stop,” added the British champion.
Although McLaren is yet to develop a competitive car this season, Hamilton insisted his 7th place at Sepang – with a car that's yet to deliver the best results – proves he will never give up fighting for points in 2009.
“I'm satisfied that I pushed hard for the whole race, and even though seventh isn't the greatest reward, it shows that the team never gives up and that we are still capable of scoring decent results,” concluded the McLaren driver.