Mercedes are still trying to identify the cause of the engine failure which cost Lewis Hamilton a potential victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Executive director for technical Paddy Lowe said the team are “continuing to investigate the issue with his engine are doing everything we can to ensure that it is first understood and then contained for the remainder of the season”.
Lowe said one consequence of Hamilton’s retirement is that he and team mate Nico Rosberg are now in the same position in terms of available power units.
“As it stands, despite the failure of this engine, Lewis now has the same stock of power units as Nico for the remaining five races – including used power units which he can fit for free practice sessions. So, hopefully there will be no further impact to his programme.”
“Malaysia was a bitter pill to swallow,” Lowe added. “We let Lewis down in a big way.”
Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff said there was no apparent connection between the different failures Hamilton has experienced this year.
“We’ve talked amongst ourselves and said ‘how is this possible?’,” said Wolff. “But there is no rational explanation or pattern in these failures. If there were, we would resolve it.”
“We’ve had that discussion with him and he understands that we are feeling his pain too. Despite his frustration, he has been trying to pick the team up and we admire him even more than ever for that.”
“We will bounce back from this together. It’s tough when these things come at a crucial point in a championship battle. It’s a massive blow to his campaign. But the championship isn’t over yet.”
Hamilton goes into this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix 23 points behind Rosberg with 125 available from the remaining races.