Lewis Hamilton happy with third in Malaysia

Hamilton happy with third despite starting Malaysian Grand Prix on pole

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UPDATED:

07:45 GMT, 26 March 2012

Lewis Hamilton took comfort from Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix just a week after a similar performance in Australia left him bemoaning 'a bad day'.

For the second consecutive race Hamilton started from pole but was forced to finish third, a situation that left him seriously frustrated and angered Down Under.

Champagne moment: Hamilton celebrates after finishing third in Sepang

Champagne moment: Hamilton celebrates after finishing third in Sepang

Hamilton asserted afterwards his dislike of 'going backwards', yet he found himself experiencing the same situation at the Sepang International Circuit.

The 27-year-old finished 14.5secs behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, with Sergio Perez in his Sauber a career-high second.

On this occasion Hamilton said: 'We can be satisfied, definitely.

In the wet: Hamilton was happy to finish third in Sunday's rain-affected race

In the wet: Hamilton was happy to finish third in Sunday's rain-affected race

'Of course we would have liked to have more points this weekend, but I guess I can't really complain.

'I'm on the podium for the second week in a row, so I'm pretty happy.

'I feel pretty fortunate I was able to stay out of trouble with the conditions changing constantly. I think we did a great job.'

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Light rain at the start of the race became torrential soon after, sparking a suspension for 51 minutes after nine laps.

Even though McLaren appear to have the quickest car, Hamilton was unable to make any inroads on Alonso and Perez after finding himself behind the duo as the pit stops unfolded.

Asked as to his different demeanour with regard to third, he said: 'Overall I wouldn't say I was happy with third.

'I can never be happy with going backwards, but it's really just due to the conditions.

Perfect start: Hamilton led from Button in the early phase of the race

Perfect start: Hamilton led from Button in the early phase of the race

'The two guys in front did a better job, and the race was just really trying to keep the car on the track and bring home some points, and I did.

'The goal is always to try and be on the podium, stay consistent and so far I'm doing that.

'Again I would like to be a little bit higher up so I'm going to focus on my race pace for the next race (in China on April 15) and see if I can convert a good position to a better result.'