Hamilton sets sights on Sepang victory
24 March 2014 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on victory at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, with the former World Champion eager to bounce back in style after failing to finish in Australia.
Hamilton watched on as team-mate Nico Rosberg triumphed on the streets of Melbourne, having suffered a cylinder issue in the opening stages of the race and been forced to retire his car after just three laps.
But he is focused on rebounding at Sepang, one of two 'home' events – along with Silverstone – for his team.
"It would be amazing to stand on the top step at one of our home races and I'm looking forward to bouncing back after a tough weekend in Australia," said Hamilton. "Although it was not the result we were hoping for, every setback is a chance to learn more about this new car, which is important as they're incredibly complex machines.
"I know the team at Brackley and Brixworth is pushing harder than ever and I'll be doing the same."
For team-mate Nico Rosberg, the first race weekend of the 2014 campaign yielded the optimal result, but the German is hoping to see some improvements, specifically in terms of reliability, amid the heat of Malaysia.
"Australia was the perfect start to my season, but it also highlighted that we're not 100 per cent there yet in terms of reliability," he said. "We've had two weeks before this race to identify all the things that we can do better, so hopefully we can bring both cars home for a good result this weekend and continue our strong start to the year."