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Lewis Hamilton says he can't put his finger on why he experienced such a poor Russian Grand Prix weekend after finishing more than half a minute adrift of his race winning team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Sochi.

Beginning fourth after ending qualifying six tenths adrift of pole man Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton enjoyed a strong start but lost out on the chance to ascend past Kimi Raikkonen through the first turns and thereafter struggled to mount much of a fight to the Finn.

With the Mercedes W08 suffering with an overheating problem, Hamilton attempted to stay close to Raikkonen up to the pit-stop but after emerging eight seconds adrift of the Ferrari simply fell back to preserve the car.

2017 F1 Drivers' and Constructors' standings following the Russian Grand Prix (Round 4 of 20)

Ending up fourth and 36 seconds behind his first-time race winning team-mate, Hamilton says he cannot quite understand why he has struggled to match either Ferrari or his Mercedes counterpart.

"For me, a very, very odd weekend - it has been a very, very tough I can't remember having as difficult a weekend, probably the last time was Baku. Ultimately not quick enough, could not put the car where I was comfortable. In the race there was overheating, so I will just have to settle for fourth.

"I was out of the race from the get go. I wasn't able to stay in the battle. I think I had the pace to fight with Kimi, the car was just overheating all the time. I'm sure we'll go back to the drawing board and try to figure it out. I think ultimately if I had better pace, then I would have been further up. Even so, hopefully got some points at least for the team."

Hamilton went on to explain he had a cylinder cutting out, thus raising the temperature and to his mind preventing him from finishing higher than fourth.

"From probably, I don't know what lap, five or whatever it was, I had to slow down and stay in fourth [gear]. Lots of turning down of the settings and unit. One of the cylinders was cutting because of the temperature issue, so it was going to be fourth [position] from very early on."

Regardless, Hamilton offered up praise for his team-mate - winning his maiden grand prix having started alongside his team-mate in third -, saying he 'deserves' it.

"A big congratulations to Valtteri, he did a fantastic job and deserves the win today. He's been fast all weekend, so exceptional and great for the team."



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