Hamilton: "Someone doesn’t want me to win this year."

Lewis Hamilton demanded answers and an explanation from his Mercedes team on Sunday after another engine failure wrecked his hopes of a well-earned and merited victory at Sepang.

He looked certain to claim victory with 15 laps remaining before his engine erupted in a cloud of smoke and flames and wrecked his hopes of regaining the lead in the title race.

“No! Noooooo!” he cried out on the team radio as he was forced to park up and abandon the race. He crouched by the side of the track after climbing out of his car before returning to the Paddock.

“My questions are to Mercedes,” he told reporters. “We have lost so many engines this year. There are eight drivers and mine are the only ones which have failed.

“Someone has to give me some answers and it is not acceptable. Something or someone doesn't want me to win this year."

He added: "It's a brand new engine, I've done one race with it. I did P3 with it and qualifying and it's a brand new engine from the three that I had. It's just so odd. There's been like 43 engines from Mercedes and only mine have gone..."

The luckless Hamilton has not won a race since the German Grand Prix in July and has gone from leading the championship by 19 points to chasing Rosberg by 23.

He insisted he still believes that he can win the championship.

"It is what it is, we'll just move forward and try to continue to drive as we had this weekend," he said.

"Right now, I don't even know if my car is going to make it. These next five races, I know that I've got it in us, my engineers and my mechanics, I know we've got it in us.

"But who knows what those next engines that I have are going to do. So I'm just going to keep my head down and hope for the best.

"There's not really much to do. I've just got to move on. The guys did a fantastic job this weekend, and we did everything we could. I did everything I could.

"I just can't believe that there's eight Mercedes cars, and only my engines are the ones that have been going this year. Something just doesn't feel right, but there's nothing I can do about it. Something just doesn't feel right."

Later, during a post-race news conference with the media at the Mercedes headquarters, he was less demanding and critical.

Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe said that Hamilton’s run of misfortunes this year which wrecked his opening run of four races and led to grid penalties in Belgium were not planned.

“It is difficult,” he said. “This can be a very harsh sport, but no failure is planned. We work as hard as we can to increase reliability and we have, year on year, increased reliability.

"But for some reason, unrelated to any intention or individual performance, a number of things have fallen on Lewis’ car this year.

“We have eight Mercedes power units this season – and for some reason, there is no pattern as to why they should fall on Lewis’ car. That is how some things turn." 

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