Hamilton celebrates 'tough' victory

Lewis Hamilton dismissed suggestions that his Singapore Grand Prix win was easy despite a commanding performance in Formula 1's second night race

Hamilton celebrates 'tough' victory

The McLaren driver scored his second win of the season at the Marina Bay circuit after leading for almost every lap of the race, having started from pole position.

Although Hamilton was challenged by Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, he eventually finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of Toyota's Timo Glock.

The Briton admitted the conditions had made the race very difficult.

"It was a tough race, not easy that is for sure," Hamilton said. "There is no break, so the focus is as much as you could possibly get. The track is fantastic and the fans here are amazing

"I came here hoping to have a good result and hoping to redeem myself after the last race, I did it, we did it and very, very happy."

He added: "It was a very very tough race, I think I could speak for all of us. Conditions made it very tough. Generally the race was pretty straightforward for me. I got a good start and managed to bridge a good enough gap. I knew I was longer than the guys behind me.

"I had a lot of serious pressure. I knew I was five laps longer, so I looking after tyres and it was a nicely controlled race."

Hamilton had a scared early on when his team informed him that he could be having a problem with his KERS, but the world champion said he never noticed anything.

"I don't know what lap it was. I had no problem in the car with KERS but the team said there was possibly a fault but it was still working. I had to disable it and re-engage it. There were quite a few switch changes. There was never a problem after that.

"I did have a bit of pressure from Nico and the cars behind at the beginning. They seemed to be quick at the beginning, I was looking after tyres but paid dividends in the end."

The McLaren driver is now hoping to carry his momentum into the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend.

"I've never been to Suzuka but I've heard apart from Monaco it is the best circuit. I grew up watching it and I always wanted to go there.

"I am excited to be there. It will be a very tough weekend. It's tough to learn and master it in one weekend. We are going with the momentum from this race and hopefully we will have a competitive car again."

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