RESULTS: Malaysian Grand Prix – Race results
A disconsolate Lewis Hamilton has expressed his immense disappointment at seeing his Formula 1 World Championship title hopes dealt a massive blow following his first technical DNF of the season in the Malaysian Grand Prix
Hamilton had looked well on course for a seventh win of the season in Sepang, one that would have taken him back to the head of the overall standings, after establishing a comfortable 24secs lead from pole position only for his Mercedes engine to blow with 16 laps remaining.
On a day that also saw Nico Rosberg forced to fight-back from last position to third after he was tapped into a spin on the first corner, the German has now extended his lead over Hamilton in the standings to 23 points with five races remaining.
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However, for Hamilton it is the indifferent reliability of his W07 – following engine issues earlier in the year – more than the points' gap that is playing on his mind, leading him to question why he is getting the lion's share of the technical problems in the team.
“I did everything I could,” he said. “I just can't believe that there's eight Mercedes cars and only my engines that have been going this year. Something just doesn't feel right. There's nothing I can do about it. Something just doesn't feel right.”
“It's a brand new engine. I've done one race with it. I did P3 with it and qualifying, it's a brand new engine out of the new three that I had. It is what it is and we'll just move forwards and try to continue to drive as we have this weekend but it's just odd. There's been 43 engines from Mercedes and only mine have gone.”
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Furthermore, while Hamilton says that while he is confident he can bridge the 23 point margin, he has less confidence his car can.
“Right now I don't even know if my car is going to make it. These next five races, I know that we've got it in us. Me, my engineers, my mechanics, I know we've got it in us but who knows what those next engines I have are going to do. Just going to keep our heads down and hope for the best but obviously today was really not a good day.”
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