Hamilton’s engine troubles just bad luck, says Lowe

Fri Oct 7, 2016 8:34am EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton’s engine problems are down to bad luck and "anybody with an ounce of intelligence" knows Mercedes did not sabotage the Briton's car in Malaysia last weekend, team technical head Paddy Lowe said on Friday.

Triple Formula One world champion Hamilton retired at Sepang when his car's engine suffered a fiery failure 16 laps from the end while he was leading the race comfortably.

He said afterwards that "someone doesn't want me to win", later clarifying that he was referring to a "higher power" and not the team.

Lowe told reporters ahead of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, which Hamilton will start with a 23-point gap to team mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg, that it was just chance.

"We all know that you can throw three double-sixes in a row. That is possible, statistically. And yet when you see it done, emotionally you feel ‘how did that happen’? We have got a little bit of that scenario with Lewis," he said.

"It is the way the dice have been thrown.

"Things do go wrong. We understand that and it just so happens that, by pure coincidence, that has occurred repeatedly on Lewis’ car."

Lowe said Hamilton's post-race comments had been misinterpreted.   Continued...

Formula One - Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka Circuit, Japan - 7/10/16. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain in action during second practice. REUTERS/Toru Hanai