Hamilton has conspiracy suspicions after engine fire
Current F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton was left wondering if “the man above or a higher power” was interfering with his chances of retaining his crown after his car let him down yet again at the weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Englishman needed a win to help close the gap on teammate Nico Rosberg in the standings, but his race took a turn for the worst after his engine caught fire with only 16 laps remaining. Up until that point, Hamilton had been in firm control of the race, looking assured of claiming his 50th career victory which would have propelled him back to top spot in the Championship race. Instead, his retirement allowed Rosberg to nick third place, and extend his overall lead to 23 points in the standings.
After the race, the British driver commented, “Yeah, it feels right now that the man above or a higher power is intervening a little bit,
“(I will) continue to fight more, for sure but if at the end of the year the higher power does not want me to win…then I will have to accept that.”
Sunday’s engine blow out was the most recent in a catalogue of car failures that have blighted Hamilton’s season.
An emotional Hamilton also criticized his own team for the state of affairs.
“Someone doesn’t want me to win this year. My question is to Mercedes. We have so many engines made but mine are the only ones failing this year,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable. We are fighting for the championship and only my engines are failing. It does not sit right with me.”
Mercedes’ technical head Paddy Lowe dismissed suggestions of conspiracy, “This can be a very harsh sport but no failure is planned,” he told journalists.
“But for some reason which is completely unrelated to any intention or any individual performance a number of things have gone on in Lewis’s car this year.”
After his comments, Hamilton was quick to point out that the “higher power” he had referred to in his rant, in no way meant his team.
At the start of the season, the German driver had opened a 43-point lead over Hamilton; before the British driver took control of the championship winning six of seven races in a dominant spell that saw him take a 19-point lead.
However, since the resumption of the season following the mid-season break, Rosberg once more has found form, winning three out of the four subsequent races and now leads in the standings by 19 points.
Hamilton has only five races remaining to claw back the ground on his teammate.
“All I can do is do what I’ve done this weekend,” said Hamilton, who was dominant in Malaysia until his technology failed him.
“I still have faith and hope… Don’t forget, I’m world champion, so I’ll be alright.”