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Hamilton credits God for Singapore win

india Updated: Sep 27, 2009 22:00 IST
Lewis Hamilton

Britain's Lewis Hamilton credited God with helping him win the Singapore Grand Prix after a commanding performance in Formula One's second ever night race.

The McLaren driver led from start to finish for his second victory of the season as his car finally came good.

Although he was challenged strongly by Sebastian Vettel until the Red Bull driver was handed a drive-through penalty, he eventually won by nearly 10 seconds ahead of Toyota's Timo Glock.

It was a masterful display, and asked who got the credit, he was in no doubts.

"It was, I think, a collective job done by a lot of people," he said.

"I wouldn't have had the pace here if not for guys back at the factory, who often don't get the acknowledgements.

"But for me, the one person who is always there is God. He has given me the opportunities, he is the one who keeps me healthy and who has blessed me with a great family."

But he admitted it had been tough on the Marina Bay street circuit, with intense humidity and having to drive under lights.

"There is corner after corner after corner, never a real break, and also very bumpy," he said.

"But the track is fantastic and fans here amazing, a huge crowd.

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

Hamilton looked headed for a podium finish at the Italian Grand Prix but crashed on the last lap.

He is now hoping to carry his momentum into the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend at Suzuka, somewhere he has never raced before.

"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," he said.

"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."