Lewis blows a fuse over engine
Hamilton lashes out at Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton did little to hide his emotions after his title charge seemingly went up in smoke at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The three-time world champion was leading before an engine fire forced him to retire, with Daniel Ricciardo going on to claim a first victory in two years. Hamilton’s disappointment was then compounded as Nico Rosberg fought back to claim third place and extend his championship lead to 23 points.
“My question is to Mercedes. We have so many engines made for drivers, but mine are the only ones failing this year,” said Hamilton. “Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable. We are fighting for the championship and only my engines are failing. It does not sit right with me.
“I will try and recollect myself and try to get myself together for the race next week. There are many decisive races but this is one of those.
“Someone doesn’t want me to win this year but I won’t give up. “I will keep pushing.” Quizzed on whether he could still catch Mercedes teammate Rosberg, the 31-year-old added: “Right now I don’t even know if my car’s going to make it.
“I know we’ve got it in us but who knows what the next engines that I have are going to do.”
For much of the race it had looked as though things were going Hamilton’s way. Rosberg was hit by Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap and had to fight his way back through the field.
But the German would superbly cut his way through the traffic to secure third place and some vital points.
“I thought the race was all over, so I am really happy to fight back all the way to the podium,” he said. “I wished for a better day but that is the way it goes sometimes. I feel tired after the race, but it is a good moment in general, and I look forward to the next one.”
With Hamilton’s retirement and Rosberg’s early setback, it was the Red Bull duo of Ricciardo and Max Verstappen who capitalised. Ricciardo finished 2.4 seconds clear of his young teammate and was delighted to finally end his two-year duck.
“It has been two years since the last win, and it has been a bit emotional,” said the Australian. “We have come so close but I said two weeks ago we would win one and we did.”
23 Rosberg’s points lead over teammate Hamilton
UP IN SMOKE: Hamilton’s title bid took a hit when his engine blew-up in Malaysia