Lewis Hamilton says something “doesn’t feel right” about his continued power unit problems in 2016 after an engine failure put him out of the Malaysian Grand Prix while he was leading.
Despite the failure he complimented his team on their efforts in Malaysia. “The guys did a fantastic job this weekend,” he told reporters. “We did everything we could, I did everything I could.”
“I just can’t believe that there’s eight Mercedes [powered] cars and only my engines have been going this year. Something just doesn’t feel right. But there’s nothing I can do about it.”
Hamilton said he wasn’t pushing his engine hard, although Mercedes did intend for him to make another pit stop. “It was a brand new engine,” he said, “I’ve done one race with it.”
“I did, I think, P3 with it and qualifying. It was a brand new engine out of that new three that I have. It is what it is, we just move forwards and try to continue to drive as we have this weekend.”
“But it’s just odd. There’s been 43 engines for Mercedes and only mine have gone.”
Hamilton is now 23 points behind Nico Rosberg in the championship and is doubtful over his chances in the remaining races.
“Right now I don’t even know if my car’s going to make it these next five races,” he said. “I know that we’ve got it in us, my engineers, my mechanics, I know we’ve got it in us. But who knows, those next engines I have, what they’re going to do.”
“I’m just going to keep my head down and hope for the best but obviously today was really not a good day.”
“Someone has to give me some answers and it is not acceptable,” he added in an interview with the BBC. “Something or someone doesn’t want me to win this year.
2016 Malaysian Grand Prix
- Alonso wins Driver of the Weekend after salvaging seventh
- Hamilton ‘wasn’t pushing’ when engine blew
- Dramatic Malaysian GP gets strong rating
- Mercedes reveal why Hamilton’s engine failed
- 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix team radio transcript