The fight for the Formula One World Championship moves on to Malaysia this weekend with the race expected to be the last held at the Sepang circuit. His confidence will stem from the fact the Sepang circuit's layout is not dissimilar to Silverstone, where Mercedes utterly trounced Ferrari in the British Grand Prix.
Formula 1 will continue to visit China for the next three years after announcing a new contract for the race in Shanghai lasting until the end of 2020.
A third-lap cloudburst made the track nearly undrivable, but despite a spin on to the grass and a minute-long pit stop to clear debris from his damaged vehicle, the peerless Michael Schumacher proved king of the wet by managing to lap five seconds quicker on intermediate tyres than the other drivers tip-toeing around on full wets.
While admitting that he hates politics, Hamilton had said when questioned whether sportsmen ought to exploit their celebrity to make political points: "I think it is open for anyone to have freedom of speech and I guess we can all play a role in trying to make a difference in the world".
Frenchman Pierre Gasly, making his Formula One debut for Toro Rosso this weekend after being drafted in as a replacement for the underperforming Russian Daniil Kvyat, was ninth fastest ahead of Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin.
"Apparently a drain came out, I didn't see anything", Grosjean said as he returned to the pits. Schumacher, who eventually finished sixth, admitted he was to blame. "We are taking a break", Razali said.
The start-line carnage that wiped out all three drivers' hopes cleared the way for Hamilton to win from fifth place on the grid.
Crew members rush onto the track to retrieve their equipment as heavy rain forces the abandonment of the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix.
"I always enjoyed driving the track, that's the biggest part we'll miss", added Max Verstappen, who has only raced here twice before.
"You have to think about safety", said Button. Back at the other end again, the likes of McLaren and Williams know that they will need all the supersofts they can get their hands on to even get through Q1.
Singapore should have arguably been Ferrari's strongest race of the season bar Monaco.
"Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable".
World championship leader Lewis Hamilton was 2.5 seconds off the pace in sixth, behind Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and championship rival Sebastian Vettel, who took advantage of a drying track to vault up the order in the closing stages.