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Hamilton reaffirms faith in team

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02/10/2016

Having caused a media storm with his initial comments, Lewis Hamilton has reaffirmed his faith in his team.

Speaking in the moments following his retirement from what seemed a certain win which would have closed the gap to his title rival, and teammate, Nico Rosberg, Hamilton appeared to suggest there is a plot within his team to prevent him winning the title.

"There are eight Mercedes (engines) on the grid," he told reporters, "I just can't believe that only my engines have been going this year.

"Something just doesn't feel right," he continued, "but there's nothing I can do about it. It's a brand new engine out of the three that I had. There's been forty-three engines and only mine have blown. Something or someone doesn't want me to win this year."

Having what the Daily Mail would describe as having sent the (F1) internet into meltdown, and amidst a growing media storm, the Briton sought to clarify his comments.

"Honestly, you've got to understand it from my point of view," he said. "On one side, we've had the most incredible success these past two years, for which I'm so grateful. These guys work so hard and we're all feeling the pain right now.

"When you get out of the car, that feeling you have after leading the race and then your car fails, it's pretty hard to say positive things at the time. As I said in the TV interviews, Mercedes have built 43 engines or however many it might be with the extra three I've had, and I have happen to have most of, if not all of, the failures. So, that is definitely tough to take.

"But I have 100% confidence in these guys," he insisted. "It's my fourth year with them now and the guys in the garage and back at the factories, I have 100% faith in them. I love it here and without them I would not have won these two championships.

"While the struggle is real right now and has been all year, I honestly feel that it's a test of my will, my spirit and who I am as a person to get back in and keep fighting it head on. It's not how you fall, it's how you get back up. That applies not just to me but to the guys as well.

"I saw tears in the eyes of my mechanics so I know that we all bear the pain. But, as I said, it's how we re-group. We have to keep in mind what we've already built. While in the short term it doesn't look good and for the long-term this year it might not be so good, there are still lots of positives.

"There are still five races to go and if I can perform the way I performed this weekend there's still everything to play for. We will learn.

"The guys will take the engine back and they'll understand what happened. Every time we've had engine issues they've gone away and found out why. It puts us potentially in a better position to make sure it doesn't happen next year.

"All I can do is what I've done this weekend. Come correct, be as focused as I can possibly be, put in this kind of performance and pray that the car holds together.

"I still have faith and hope. That's a powerful thing. It feels a little bit like the man above, or a higher power, is intervening a little bit. But I feel like I've been blessed with the opportunity firstly to be here with so many great people around me, in this great team, to have won these last two championships with lots and lots of victories and records that I'm breaking time and time again.

"Whilst it does not feel great right now, I have to be grateful for all of that. If at the end of the year the higher powers don't want me to be champion after everything I've given towards it, I will have to accept that. As long as I end the year knowing that I've given it everything, done everything I could possibly do and that we've done everything we could possibly do, that's all you can ask for. Don't forget that I'm World Champion. I'll be okay."

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1. Posted by FionaL, 07/10/2016 11:31

"The "caged bird sings" I always think of this when Lewis speaks. "

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2. Posted by f1fan, 04/10/2016 10:08

"lewis, you still can be the world champion again this year. There is a saying: "De aanhouder wint." You can ask Verstappen and or Vandoorne what that saying means. "

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3. Posted by Spindoctor, 03/10/2016 16:45

"@Stoney Yup. All the brouhaha about Lewis's comments is precisely that! Knowing that he's a self-proclaimed Christian, I assumed he meant (as he later explained) the "man upstairs", rather than someone at Mercedes. In any case does it really matter?

Vis--vis the helmet: " Still I Rise" is as I'm sure you know, the title of a poem by Maya Angelou. Given some of the comments I've read about him, its particularly apposite...."

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4. Posted by Spindoctor, 03/10/2016 16:40

"@Ex F1 Official- Nice wind-up there!
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5. Posted by Ex F1 Official, 03/10/2016 15:00

"Hamilton is a spoiled brat. Maybe add "IDIOT". Always has been and will be forever.

Maybe he should take his football and go home. I'd be very happy. Never have cheered him on, and will even more be devoted to wishing him bad karma.

He should also look at why he can't do a good start. A real loser!!"

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6. Posted by stoney, 03/10/2016 8:29

"The MET Office reports a minor tropical depression system moving inland towards a teacup.

On a side note, I can only assume LH's helmet in the photo is ironic?
Monaco apartment, private jet, doing the thing you're great at and that you love for a multi-million salary.
And you can STILL find the energy to get out of bed in the morning? Well done, Lewis - I'm so proud... You're such a role model for the common man/woman."

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7. Posted by Spindoctor, 03/10/2016 8:16

"The problem appears to be Mercedes' inability to make two reliable cars for the races. I can hardly recall a race in which there weren't problems of one sort or another with either one or both of their cars.

This problem is exemplified by the decidedly flaky clutch, endemic since the start of the season. If Ferrari, Renault, RBR, Williams et al can develop a clutch which works consistently well (as opposed to poorly), why can't Mercedes?"

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8. Posted by karel, 03/10/2016 6:20

"Hamilton is like a little kid, when he doesn't get his cookies, he's crying. I believe it's called the Calimero syndrome. When you look over the years even Rosberg wasn't saved from failure, they even found and unknown fluid in his car, so what is he talking about. He is a non worthy champion."

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