Malaysian Grand Prix revs up

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

LEWIS Hamil­ton said he will give ev­ery­thing at this week­end’s Malaysian Grand Prix as he looks to bounce back in the For­mula One cham­pi­onship af­ter los­ing his lead to a ram­pant Nico Ros­berg.

The triple world cham­pion lies eight points be­hind his Mercedes team­mate af­ter the in­creas­ingly im­pres­sive Ros­berg pow­ered to a hat­trick of vic­to­ries in the last three races.

The Ger­man tri­umphed in Bel­gium, Italy and in his 200th grand prix at Sin­ga­pore 10 days ago where Hamil­ton, who fin­ished third, was hit by me­chan­i­cal prob­lems.

With six grands prix left, Hamil­ton knows time is run­ning out in a roller­coaster, 21-race sea­son that has seen the English­man trail by as many as 43 points at one stage and lead by 19 just three races ago.

“Sin­ga­pore was a dif­fi­cult week­end for me, so to come away with a podium in the cir­cum­stances was pretty good dam­age lim­i­ta­tion,” Hamil­ton said this week.

“I have no idea if the mo­men­tum will swing back to me or when it might. I just have to keep giv­ing it my all and hope for the best,” said Hamil­ton, world cham­pion in 2008, 2014 and 2015.

“It’s go­ing to take some good re­sults to get back in front and stay there – but I’ve had plenty of those in the past, so there’s no rea­son to think they won’t come back to me again,” said Hamil­ton.

“Sepang is my first shot at it. It’s a track I usu­ally go pretty well at.”

Mercedes can seal the con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship in Malaysia with a one-two fin­ish, but Ros­berg sounded a note of cau­tion about their ri­vals.

“Red Bull and Fer­rari are both push­ing us re­ally hard, so there will be some tough week­ends ahead,” said the cham­pi­onship leader, who came third at Sepang in 2015 be­hind win­ner Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Hamil­ton.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ric­cia­rdo pushed Ros­berg all the way in a thrilling cli­max to the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix, clos­ing a 30-sec­ond deficit to less than half-a-sec­ond at the che­quered flag.

But the Aus­tralian ad­mit­ted that Sin­ga­pore was his best chance of reg­is­ter­ing a dry vic­tory this cam­paign, so he now needs the weather gods to in­ter­vene to have a chance in Malaysia.

The race, which of­ten sees rain and thun­der­storms, has been moved from its tra­di­tional early-sea­son slot to the mid­dle leg of an “Asian swing”, sand­wiched by the Sin­ga­pore and Ja­pan grands prix. –

Photo: AFP

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s Bri­tish driver Lewis Hamil­ton (right) signs au­to­graphs dur­ing a meet-the-fans ses­sion in Kuala Lumpur on Septem­ber 27.

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