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Hamilton has faith in McLaren team

Lewis Hamilton insists he has complete faith in his McLaren team to make the right calls during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old had been vocal in his criticism immediately after last weekend’s race in Australia of a decision to bring him in for a second pit stop, which ultimately saw his challenge for a podium finish fade away.

Hamilton eventually finished sixth, following a late collision with Mark Webber’s Red Bull, while team-mate and reigning world champion Jenson Button took the honour of winning the first race of the season for McLaren.

It capped a frustrating weekend overall for the 2008 world champion but, having had time to discuss the situation with his team, he is adamant he will not question their decisions this Sunday.

“You have to rely on your team,” said Hamilton. “When I am in the car I don’t know exactly what is going on around me.

“For me, I am so passionate about the racing. My heart was seriously so into it (in Australia), and my adrenaline had sky-rocketed.

“I had just been taken out by another car, so you don’t always say the right things when you get out but after sitting down with the guys I got a good understanding of why we did it.

“From that experience we will definitely take it forward into the next race and future ones.”

Both Hamilton and Button failed to match the qualifying pace of Ferrari and Red Bull last weekend as they were 11th and fourth fastest respectively.

It was also a similar story at the season-opener in Bahrain and Hamilton believes that while McLaren are weaker than their rivals on the Saturday, he is confident they are more than able to match them during the race.

“In qualifying, our pace is clearly not as quick as theirs,” he added. “I think generally they have more downforce and more grip than us, but I think we’ve got good end of straight speed

“Our race pace is stronger than our qualifying pace, so we still have a lot of work to do to catch them up but it is comforting seeing that we have got strong race pace, and can compete with them.”

Hamilton is looking to secure a first win since Singapore last September and something that could potentially work in his favour this weekend is the prospect of rain in Malaysia.

“Rain is never something I am afraid of,” he said. “If you look at my track history in the wet, it is pretty good. I generally get on quite well in the wet races.”

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