Hamilton’s Malaysian strife tarnishes Melbourne shine
Following his dominant performance in Melbourne, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton had set a formidable benchmark for his 2008 season. But a week later at Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix the situation couldn’t be more different, with Hamilton forced onto the back foot after a difficult Sepang weekend.
Hamilton’s troubles started on Saturday, with both he and team mate Heikki Kovalainen dropping five places on the grid, after stewards decided the duo had blocked rivals during the closing stages of Q3. An excellent start by the British driver, however, saw him leapfrog up the field but he was then caught behind Red Bull’s Mark Webber and was unable to get by.