Hamilton seeks positives after 'horrifying' race

Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:18am EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton cast around for a silver lining after a "horrifying" Chinese Grand Prix weekend and found some solace in the numbers.

"Not as bad as I thought," the Briton told reporters after discovering he was 'only' 36 points behind Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg with 18 rounds remaining.

Rosberg has now won six races in a row, the last three of 2015 and first three of 2016, and the German is in the form of his life.

"It’s been awkward but these things happen and these things are sent to try us," Hamilton said after starting from the back of the grid in Shanghai.

"Of course I don't sit here at all with an amazing feeling but I have the utmost confidence in this team," added the triple champion, whose five-place grid drop for an unscheduled gearbox change was compounded by power unit problems in qualifying.

Contact with another car at the first corner then damaged his Mercedes and wrecked his chances of what could have been a remarkable drive to the podium. He finished seventh.

"It was a horrifying race, really," he said.

"But there were some good experiences, obviously the overtaking. At one point when I went around someone on the outside through turn seven and then through the outside of someone at turn eight.   Continued...

Formula One - Chinese F1 Grand Prix - Shanghai, China - 16/4/16 - Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain stands next to his team members in the garage during the qualifying session. REUTERS/Pool