Fu­ri­ous Hamil­ton de­mands an­swers from Mercedes

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A CREST­FALLEN Lewis Hamil­ton ad­mit­ted “some­thing doesn’t feel right” af­ter an­other fail­ure of his Mercedes en­gine at the Malaysia GP.

The Brit was lead­ing be­fore the en­gine fire which re­tired him from the race, and has handed Nico Ros­berg a 23-point ad­van­tage in the cham­pi­onship with just five races re­main­ing in 2016 af­ter the Ger­man fin­ished third.

Af­ter the race, a clearly up­set Hamil­ton gave his views to Sky F1 and his com­ments were as ex­plo­sive as his power unit.

“I just can’t be­lieve that there’s eight Mercedes cars and only my en­gines are the ones that have gone this way,” he said. “Some­thing just doesn’t feel right.

“It was a brand new en­gine. It’s just odd. There’s been like 43 en­gines for Mercedes and only mine have gone.”

But Hamil­ton was in a calmer frame of mind in a later me­dia ses­sion and in­sisted he had “100 per cent con­fi­dence” in the team.

“Hon­estly, you’ve got to un­der­stand from my point of view,” he said. “On one side we’ve had the most in­cred­i­ble suc­cess for th­ese two years which I am so grate­ful. Th­ese guys work so hard and we are all feel­ing the pain right now.

“When you get out of the car af­ter the feel­ing that you have af­ter lead­ing the race, it’s pretty hard to have pos­i­tive things to say all the time. But hon­estly I feel, Mercedes have had 43 en­gines what­ever it is, and the ex­tra three and I’ve had, and I’ve hap­pened to have all the fail­ures.

“So that is def­i­nitely a tough thing, but I have 100 per cent con­fi­dence in th­ese guys. It’s my fourth year with th­ese guys, the guys in the garage in the fac­tory, they are 100 per cent fair to me.

“I love it here and with­out them I would not have won th­ese ex­tra two cham­pi­onships.”

The world cham­pion said that he and his side of the Mercedes garage had to col­lec­tively over­come the “pain” of los­ing the win and fight back in his cham­pi­onship duel with Ros­berg.

“While the strug­gle is real right now, and it had been this year, I hon­estly feel it’s a test of will, my spirit and who I am as a per­son and get back in and keep fight­ing it head on,” added Hamil­ton.

“It’s not how you fall, it’s how you get back up, and that not only ap­plies to me but my guys as well. I know we’re all feel­ing the pain.”

Hamil­ton has been plagued by me­chan­i­cal fail­ures and en­gine dif­fi­cul­ties all sea­son, and has al­ready served a grid penalty for reach­ing the max­i­mum amount of power units for 2016.

Af­ter hear­ing Hamil­ton’s ini­tial re­marks, Sky F1’s Martin Brun­dle ad­mit­ted he could not fathom an ex­pla­na­tion for why Hamil­ton was suf­fer­ing so many tech­ni­cal fail­ures.

“He’s right, there are so many Mercedes pow­ered-cars on the grid and it’s only his that are blow­ing up,” said Brun­dle. “Ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son. The rest of the Mercedes teams have had vir­tu­ally no prob­lems what­so­ever.

“It’s got to be se­ri­ously bad luck, driv­ing style, or in­stal­la­tion is­sues. I can’t be­lieve that they are slow­ing him down for any rea­son, so it has to be bad luck.”

Mercedes claim they had no prior warn­ing that the In­ter­nal Com­bus­tion En­gine (ICE) was about to fail.

“I’m re­ally up­set about my­self and my or­gan­i­sa­tion be­cause we should not let him down with an en­gine fail­ure,” said Mercedes’ Niki Lauda. “I feel per­son­ally very sorry for him.

“I’ll take him to Ja­pan to­mor­row morn­ing and hope to bring him up. 23 points is a lot to gain, but you never know what can hap­pen to the other guy.

“I can con­vince him that we have noth­ing against him. We are work­ing for him and are proud of him, but th­ese things can hap­pen.” — Sky Sport

Aus­tralia were 55 for 3 af­ter 10.1 overs as Aaron Finch (1), Steve Smith (14) and Ge­orge Bai­ley (9) as the Proteas three front­line pace­men each picked up wick­ets.

Only David Warner (50) and Travis Head (51) could get past fifty as Aus­tralia crum­bled un­der score­board pres­sure.

Wayne Par­nell (3 for 40) fin­ished as the pick of the bowlers while also treat­ing the crowd to a ‘dab’ cel­e­bra­tion in Pogba-es­que fash­ion.

De­spite some lusty blows by John Hast­ings the Aus­tralian chase fiz­zled out as they crum­bled to 219 all out in 37.4 overs. — Sport24

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