F1 title dream still alive for Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton stayed true to the philosophy he has inked on his back as a victory to savour ignited his Formula One world title challenge for this year.

The words ‘Still I Rise’ are tattooed across the top of his shoulders - and also adorn his helmet from this season - and are a reminder that in adversity there remains the capacity to perform and achieve.

After enduring an unhappy season-opening Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago that was littered with technical problems, one of which forced his retirement after just two laps, Hamilton rose above such disappointment to clinch his first win in Malaysia, and 23rd of his F1 career.

It was also Hamilton’s 100th points finish in F1, and when you throw in pole position and fastest lap, it was a weekend in stark contrast to the misery he experienced at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

From lights to flag Hamilton was never troubled, finishing 17 seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to hand the German marque its first one-two in the sport for 59 years.

The ambition for Hamilton now would be to rise all the way to the top again in F1 and become champion, as he was in 2008.

Asked for his thoughts behind the words, Hamilton replied: “The meaning is that regardless of what difficulties you go through, you still rise above them.

“It’s really something my dad has always enforced in me. We’ve had so many ups and downs throughout our lives and our careers, as everyone has, but he would always say ‘just rise above it’ and do your talking on track.

“I had a difficult time in the last race and that’s what I did today, so I feel quite good about it.”

‘Feeling quite good’ is perhaps an understatement as Hamilton seemed positively euphoric after emerging from a car which is undoubtedly a title contender this season, as he jumped and skipped around as if the win was his first.