IN THIS IS­SUE

“En­gine fail­ures don’t feel right”

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Jack Benyon Pho­tos:lat

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.”

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