Malaysian GP

Hamilton backtracks on sabotage claims

Lewis Hamilton has backtracked on earlier claiming there was something wrong with the engines being fitted to his car after yet another Mercedes engine failure for the three-time World Champion.

Leading the race, Hamilton was clear of his championship rival who was spun at the first corner in an accident with Sebastian Vettel. It put him at the back of the field, which would have given Hamilton the championship lead.

The British drivers engine blew up though heading down the start/finish straight, giving Rosberg a bigger advantage heading to Japan and Hamilton losing one of the engines he took the penalties for in Spa. Obviously devastated, he headed back to the pitlane questioning the reliability on his side of the garage stating:

“I just can’t believe that it’s only been my engines that have been blowing, something’s not right. My question is to Mercedes. Someone need to give me some answers because this is not acceptable.

“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. I’ve just got to move on. The guys did a fantastic job this weekend, we did everything we could. I did everything I could.

So far this season, other Mercedes teams have enjoyed good reliability, “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.”

However, Lewis made a post on Facebook where he thanked his team and fans, instead blaming God for the reliability issues: “Today, the pain is indescribable, but I truly believe God never gives you more than you can handle. I want to say a huge thank you to the fans who stood on their feet in the blazing hot sun, or from their sofas at home, watching and supporting me this weekend.

“I’m so grateful. I have 100% faith in my team, they have worked so hard both at the track, and factory, and I want to say a HUGE thank you to them. I know we’ve had all these problems but it’s not how we fall, it’s how we get up. It’s not how we are in moments of comfort than define us, but how we are in the face of adversity. We are champions and that’s how we will move forward. I will, we will, NEVER give up!”

He goes to Japan 23 points behind his teammate with five races remaining.

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