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Formula One: Hamilton in fine Vettel for title battle

By Ian Parkes

Lewis Hamilton is adamant he has the consistency to fight Sebastian Vettel for this year's Formula One world title.

Ahead of the current new campaign Hamilton often expressed a desire to be more consistent, that it was crucial to being in the hunt for a championship.

After the first two races of this year, however, Hamilton's drives have been startlingly different, with the one in Australia when he was runner-up proving smooth and composed, something he alluded to post race.

But in Malaysia on Sunday, the 26-year-old was far from happy as he criticised the team's strategy, tyre choice and pit stops, before falling foul of the stewards again.

Hamilton says: “The consistency I have talked about, I think I have it.

“I qualified second again, and in the race it was there, but it just didn't go well for me.

“The strategy wasn't perfect, a pit-stop wasn't perfect, but that is the way it goes.

“You just have to take it one day at a time. We're naturally happy to be where we are, fighting at the front.

“It is why we exist as a team — to win and be challenging for wins and to perfect things.”

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