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“Engine failures don’t feel right”
Lewis Hamilton believes a “higher power” is affecting his title defence in 2016, with the Brit suffering myriad bad luck through the year.
Hamilton had what seemed to be a comfortable victory within his sights in Malaysia when his engine failed 15 laps from home.
The win would have put him back in the championship hunt and within a few points of Rosberg, but instead he heads to Suzuka this week 23 points down on his Mercedes team-mate and title rival with five rounds to go.
With it being the third power unit failure of the year, after those that occurred during qualifying in China and Russia, the three-time champion has suggested “a higher power is intervening”.
He added: “I’ll continue to fight more, for sure. But at the end of the year, if the higher power does not want me to win and be champion, with everything I have given towards it, then I’ll have to accept it.
“As long as I end the year knowing I’ve given it everything, and I’ve done everything I possibly could do, and we have done everything we can do, that’s all you could ask for.”
Hamilton trailed Rosberg by 43 points after the opening four races thanks to multiple failures, and left him claiming he felt “almost helpless”.
However the 31-year-old insisted that this isn’t rock bottom.
“This isn’t my lowest point – I’ve had lower points for sure,” said Hamilton.
“But in terms of feeling helpless, then for sure it’s the most helpless I could be at this point.
“I will try to find strength from within to be able to head to these next races hoping, and if I can perform like I did over the weekend [in Malaysia], then providing the car holds together, good things can come out.”
The 31-year-old only has two power units remaining – one that is fresh, but with the other already three races old. Hamilton had taken multiple penalties at Spa to gain the usage of three extra power units.
With the next race in Japan just a few days away, Hamilton sees no trouble picking himself up, adding: “I’m world champion so I should be all right.”