WE’LL COME BACK STRONGER IN JA­PAN, VOWS WOLFF

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MERCEDES are “beat­ing them­selves up” about Lewis Hamil­ton’s dra­matic Malaysian Grand Prix en­gine fail­ure but have vowed to come back stronger in Ja­pan this week­end. Team prin­ci­pal Toto Wolff was al­most lost for words after leader Hamil­ton’s en­gine ex­ploded 15 laps from vic­tory on Sun­day at the Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit. “It’s hard to know how to sum up a day like to­day,” Wolff said. “I just have no words for what hap­pened to Lewis. We feel his pain.” Hamil­ton was close to tears after the dra­matic re­tire­ment dealt a se­vere blow to his chances of win­ning a third driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship in a row, as his team­mate Nico Ros­berg fin­ished third to ex­tend his cham­pi­onship lead to 23 points. Im­me­di­ately after the race, won by Red Bull’s Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, Hamil­ton lashed out at his team, ac­cus­ing them of favour­ing their Ger­man driver Ros­berg. Hamil­ton’s emo­tional out­burst, said Wolff, was in the heat of the mo­ment. But he praised his driver for af­ter­wards mak­ing peace with the team and re­fo­cus­ing on the next race on Sun­day. “What Lewis said, it’s com­pletely un­der­stand­able. But he came back to the garage and shook the hand of ev­ery team mem­ber. We talked in a small group and we were all re­ally down. Then he stood in front of the team and found the words to lift every­body and help us re­cover quickly for Ja­pan. This is what the great driv­ers do, the true cham­pi­ons, and I must ex­press my re­spect for how he con­ducted him­self to­day. One of the great­est qual­i­ties of our group is how we come back from de­feat even stronger than be­fore. We will do that again now,

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