• Malaysian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Hamilton confident of improved race pace

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Lewis Hamilton is confident he will be able to convert his pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix into a better result than he achieved in Australia last weekend.

Hamilton finished third in Melbourne after starting from pole and will line up at the front of the grid again after taking pole position ahead of his team-mate Jenson Button who won in Australia. Hamilton has made some tweaks to his set-up this weekend to improve his race pace and he is hoping it will make the difference on Sunday.

"Obviously there are going to be interesting strategies tomorrow and the key is looking after your tyres," he said. "Hopefully we'll have a car in a much better position for the race tomorrow so I'm looking forward to that."

Hamilton lost a position to Button in the first corner last weekend and said his start would be even more crucial in Malaysia due to the long run to the wide first corner.

"A huge amount of the race will be about the start," he added. "Hopefully my start will be much better than it was in the last race and hopefully we won't have any issues at the start. It's a long haul down to turn one so it's a great chance for people to overtake. I'll have to make my car as wide of the track - if I can do it in a safe way - so that no one gets past."

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