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Last Updated: Monday April 09 2007 09:53 GMT

Hamilton gets second in F1 race

Lewis Hamilton

Briton Lewis Hamilton came second in the Malaysian Grand Prix - only beaten by the current world champion.

Hamilton was in second place for most of the race but couldn't catch up with the winner, Spain's Fernando Alonso, who beat him by 17 seconds.

The 22-year-old British driver said that the race was the "most difficult" he had ever taken part in.

He said: "I can't explain how tough it was, it was getting hotter but I had to keep pushing and I made no mistakes."

Winner Alonso felt great about coming in first. He said: "It is a perfect result, a dream."

Great Britain's other racers, Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson, came 12th and 16th.