Hamilton works hard to cure brake problems
Lewis Hamilton has pledged to work with his engineers in an attempt to understand why he struggled during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, and has denied that the result has put too large a dent in his title hopes.
Hamilton lost the world championship points lead to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg when he fought to third place at Marina Bay, as the German held on to win.
Hamilton struggled all weekend, with a hydraulic failure limiting his practice time and then he grappled with set-up after struggling with braking in other sessions.
During the race Hamilton also complained of excessive brake temperatures, which proved a hindrance to both Mercedes drivers.
Despite the tough weekend, Hamilton said: “It doesn’t always go well, and this has been a difficult weekend for me and my side of the garage. But we will reunite and regather and understand what went wrong and rectify it for the next race.
“I struggled with the balance, struggled getting on to the pace myself and then in the race struggled with the brakes, which meant I had to drive slow until they cooled down, which they never did until close to the end.”
When asked about his thoughts on falling to second in the points, Hamilton responded: “I don’t really have a reaction to it. Nico did a fantastic job and he fully deserved the points he got.
“With everything that’s gone on this year, I’m still in the fight. There’s a long way to go still and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”