Engine failures and reprimands add to Hamilton's woes

Mon May 2, 2016 8:40am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - As if Lewis Hamilton did not have enough on his plate already, with two successive engine failures and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on a seven-race winning streak, the Formula One champion now has the stewards to worry about as well.

The Briton, 43 points behind Rosberg after four races, collected his second reprimand of the season at the Russian Grand Prix.

Three would trigger an automatic penalty on the starting grid and, with 17 races still to come, Hamilton saw trouble ahead.

"I am just aware that there is most likely going to be at least one 10 place penalty in the future because I have got one more reprimand to go," he told reporters after fighting from 10th on the grid to second on Sunday.

"When I was in karting there was one steward, he was just there to make everyone's weekend a bad weekend. Families would turn up and spend so much money to be there ... and he was just there to ruin people's weekends.

"I've started to see signs of him."

The triple champion collected his first reprimand in Bahrain, the second race, for reversing in the pit lane when he parked up in the wrong place after qualifying on pole.

The punishment was seen by some as excessive, given that the session was over and he was merely repositioning the car a matter of centimeters.   Continued...

Formula One - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi, Russia - 30/4/16 - Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during the qualifying session. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov