Hamil­ton not wor­ried about Ros­berg’s re­li­a­bil­ity

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CAPE TOWN — Trail­ing Nico Ros­berg by 26-points on the Driv­ers’ Cham­pi­onship ta­ble, Lewis Hamil­ton said that he can’t be wor­ried about his team-mate’s re­li­a­bil­ity as we reach the busi­ness end of the sea­son.

Hamil­ton has just three races left to catch up to Ros­berg, who only has to place P2 in the re­main­ing Grands Prix to se­cure his first ever World Cham­pi­onship.

After the Brit’s night­mare in Malaysia, where he suf­fered an en­gine blow-out from the lead, he has ad­mit­ted that he can’t shake off the ner­vous feel­ing he gets when­ever he drives his car after that in­ci­dent.

He has been plagued with re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues all sea­son, but noth­ing as se­vere as the one he en­dured in Sepang.

How­ever, the triple World Cham­pion said that he has no­ticed an im­prove­ment since Malaysia and added that his main fo­cus is on him­self and not Ros­berg.

“So far it has been 100 per­cent re­li­able on his side,” said the US Grand Prix Cham­pion.

“But of­ten in sea­sons there can be 100 per­cent re­li­a­bil­ity on a car.

“Will that be the case on Nico’s? Only time will tell. I can’t get fix­ated on that. I have got to fo­cus on mine, and I am hop­ing for th­ese last three I will have 100 per­cent re­li­a­bil­ity - that would be a real breath of fresh air. I will try and utilise that op­por­tu­nity with driv­ing like I did (in the US).”

Re­minded by re­porters of the 2007 sea­son, where Kimi Raikko­nen caught up to him on the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble and ul­ti­mately won the ti­tle in fi­nal race of the sea­son, Hamil­ton re­vealed he doesn’t delve into the past that much. “I don’t try to com­pare it to other times,” he said. “His­tory has shown lots of ups and downs and changes, and if you look at his­tory there have been times where it is dead cer­tain al­ready, and there have been times where it has flipped. So that is ex­actly why I have got to keep my head down and keep try­ing to do the job I did last week­end, which I se­ri­ously be­lieve I can do. I can’t con­trol what has hap­pened to this point. It has al­ready been set. All we can do is when I leave this sea­son I know that I did every­thing with a full heart.” — Sport24

Lewis Hamil­ton and Nico Ros­berg

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