Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off any theories of Mercedes favouring Nico Rosberg by reiterating his belief in his team ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.
Focusing on bouncing back at Suzuka, a race he's won for the past two years, Hamilton feels he was happy with his performance in Malaysia and aside from the pain of being denied the win by engine failure he hasn't dwelled on the disappointment.
Mercedes has revealed its explanation for Hamilton's dramatic exit at Sepang as a 'big-end failure' when his ICE unit expired despite its relatively low mileage.
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In the immediate fallout after Malaysia Hamilton stated 'someone doesn't want me to win' with reference to a higher power that led to speculation someone was working against Hamilton but this has been rebuked by the British driver.
Hamilton says the higher power referred to God and he has full faith in his Mercedes team having claimed back-to-back F1 world titles.
“It doesn't change, nothing has changed,” Hamilton said. “It appears currently the guy above doesn't really want me to win right now but I have made a point on my Instagram so I don't really have much more to say about it.
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“They [the fans] have the right to their own opinions but as you've seen from my post you see how passionate I am about this team and my guys.
“I've not been thinking about the last race. Usually when I leave a race I think about a lot of other things going on. I was in Tokyo enjoying my time, it is one of my three favourite cities in the world. [In Sepang] It was good, I was happy with my performance and hope I can continue like that here.”
After his forced retirement at Sepang Hamilton has slipped to 23 points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg in the F1 world drivers' championship with five races remaining.
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