“There are 17 races to give Nico hell” hell

PRE­DICTS MORE STRIFE

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Lewis Hamil­ton be­lieves his run of bad luck won’t end, with more tech­ni­cal trou­bles in Rus­sia last week­end, but has vowed to take the fight to team-mate Nico Ros­berg over the re­main­ing 17 races.

Bri­tish star Hamil­ton fell victim to yet more me­chan­i­cal is­sues over the race week­end in Sochi. A re­peat fail­ure of his W07’s hy­brid sys­tem in qual­i­fy­ing con­signed him to a 10th place start as Ros­berg claimed pole.

Hamil­ton fought his way to sec­ond place and was gain­ing on Ros­berg, who was strug­gling with his own hy­brid is­sue, when the team spot­ted a water pres­sure prob­lem on Hamil­ton’s en­gine and or­dered him to slow down.

Ros­berg recorded his fourth win of the year and has opened up a 43-point gap over reign­ing world cham­pion Hamil­ton.

With 17 races still re­main­ing this term, Hamil­ton said he wasn’t pan­ick­ing yet.

“I had no doubt in my mind that I could have won this race,” said Hamil­ton. “Then I had the prob­lem with the en­gine again and had to back off. I wasn’t at full throt­tle down the straights, so I was just try­ing to look af­ter it. My con­cern is about hav­ing a car able to fight equally with. There will be more prob­lems ahead.

“I fought hard through that race to get my­self back up there. Nico has a great start and a great con­fi­dence boost of hav­ing won four races. He knows that even if he has two bad ones he’s still in the fight. Gen­er­ally he’s been in front and has had a nice Sun­day drive. But there are still 17 races to go, and that’s 17 races to try and give him hell.”

Hamil­ton also took a swipe at race stew­ards, who handed him a rep­ri­mand for re­join­ing the track in­cor­rectly af­ter he ran wide at Turn 2 in the first stage of qual­i­fy­ing. Hamil­ton al­ready had one rep­ri­mand – for re­vers­ing in the pits in Bahrain – and be­lieves a penalty is pos­si­ble.

“I’ve got one rep­ri­mand to go so I’m aware there’s go­ing to be a 10-place penalty in the future. The last one was bloody ridicu­lous. It re­minded me of my kart­ing days when there was one stew­ard – a real a***hole – who was just there to ruin peo­ple’s week­ends.”

Hamil­ton had en­gine trou­ble

Lewis is de­ter­mined

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