Malaysian Grand Prix revs up
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. –
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.