How Hamilton made tough race look easy

How Hamilton made tough race look easy

Lewis Hamilton took a commanding victory from pole position in Malaysia, showing Mercedes is still a step ahead of its rivals. But, as EDD STRAW explains, it was not as easy at it looked

Lewis Hamilton's drive to victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix looked effortless, easy even. It was the kind of performance we've grown used to from Sebastian Vettel in recent times. As with Vettel's comfortable wins, it's all too easy to dismiss it as a walk in the park. After all, with the gift of the best car, anyone could turn up and cruise to victory, right?

Not a bit of it. Unlike in Melbourne, where Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg had a clean run to victory without having to worry about Hamilton, this was a straight fight between the two at the front. And it was a fight that Hamilton utterly dominated. From pole position, he assumed the lead, stretching his advantage to over two seconds on the opening lap. He never looked back.

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