Lewis blows a fuse over en­gine

Hamil­ton lashes out at Mercedes

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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

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