x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Hamilton is left satisfied

The world championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he is content after extending his lead to seven points.

Lewis Hamilton in action on his way to third place in Singapore.
Lewis Hamilton in action on his way to third place in Singapore.

The world championship leader Lewis Hamilton said he was a content man after extending his lead to seven points with third place in the Singapore Grand Prix. "I can't complain, seven points I am quite happy with," said the McLaren Mercedes driver after seeing his main rival Felipe Massa finish only 13th. "It was just a bit unfortunate to be stuck in traffic. Nevertheless to have a podium finish in the first Singapore night race is a great result."

The Briton was racing close to the second-placed Nico Rosberg in the final stint, but admitted that he had been content to stick with what he had in the final stages rather than risk an accident with the Williams driver for an extra two points. "Obviously I was trying to get as close to Nico (Rosberg) as possible and see if there was an opportunity there," he said. "I pushed as much as I could but when you get close to someone it is impossible to overtake.

"It's not a great circuit to overtake on. I anticipated it would be hardest circuit to drive on, but it was nowhere near so I am pretty happy. We came through a tough weekend and got some good points so I am very, very happy." @Email:sports@thenational.ae