Left disappointed at the conclusion of Q3 due to an engine failure, World Champion Lewis Hamilton explained that he will still be giving everything he has at the Sochi Autodrom.
Hamilton also confirmed that it is the same power unit failure he encountered in China at the last the Grand Prix.
Adding to the torrid Saturday of Hamilton, the Brit might suffer a grid penalty if the team decides to make any late car changes. He is also being investigated for a suspected bollard infringement in Q1.
“There’s nothing I can do, but I never give up,” the three-time World Champion lamented. “It’s the second engine that I took at the last race and the same failure as I had.
“I went back out in Q2 to get a feeler lap and I lost the same power that I lost in China.”
Hamilton is trying his best to stay positive despite this latest in a series of disappointments this year.
“There is still a long way to go,” he added. “Once again, always trying to turn the negatives into positives.
“It is another big challenge and the challenge is becoming great but every challenge is an opportunity to rise. I quite like that approach and idea.
“Even when it seems like it’s the darkest of days, there is always some light there. That is what is going to power me forward for tomorrow.”
Weighing in on the Mercedes’ new-found reliability problems, Hamilton said he couldn’t understand why the F1 W07 Hybrid was acting up, having performed faultlessly in pre-season testing and the first two races.
“I am very curious as to what is going on so I have asked them to give me as much detail as possible because we did 800km a day in testing and the car was faultless and all of a sudden two times in a row the same thing,” he said.
“That doesn’t happen for us. They say we have understood what happened in the last race and I would have thought we would have learned but obviously not and so more work needs to go in.
“We have another engine going in and who’s to know it’s not going to happen on that one?
“And we’ll have to be careful how we pick out all the other engines in the year because now I have only three for the rest of the year so I am going to have another penalty later in the year at some point.”
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