Toto Wolff, Mercedes F1 team boss, is justifying Lewis Hamilton for causing a plot theory after the driver’s Mercedes sustained an engine failure with 16 laps that left costing him a chance at victory in the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Hamilton could not believe that his attack to retrieve the world championship lead on Sunday actually turned into a 23-point deficit to teammate Nico Rosberg.
He said, “My question is to Mercedes, we have so many engines — there are eight Mercedes cars — but mine are the only ones failing. Someone needs to give me answers. Something just doesn’t feel right. Someone doesn’t want me to win this year.”
Hamilton’s comments activated a blaze of plot theories. Niki Lauda, Mercedes team chairman, said that any claim Mercedes wants the 31-year-old to lose is “ridiculous.”
“Hamilton cannot say there is sabotage,” Lauda told El Mundo Deportivo. “I cannot accept that, because we do everything possible to give him the best car and the best engine.”
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“We will spend six hours together on my plane to Japan, and by the time we get there, there will be no worries,” said Lauda.
In the light of Hamilton’s TV outburst, Mercedes canceled the driver’s usual written media engagements. He later calmed down and gave up.
“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,” Hamilton said. “But I have 100 percent confidence in these guys.”
Undeceiving his prehension that someone wants him to lose the title, Hamilton suggested he was alluding to God.
“It feels a little bit like the man above, or a higher power, is intervening a little bit,” Hamilton said. “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.”
Wolff said Hamilton could be justified for the outbursts by all means.
“After this bitter outcome, when you’re leading the race, about to get back in the championship lead and your engine blows up, then a statement in front of a TV camera is allowed,” Wolff told the German newspaper Bild. “He was incredibly disappointed, and everyone expresses disappointment differently.
“Once Lewis calms down, he will appreciate that (sabotage) is not true. It’s just a crazy coincidence why the majority of the engine problems this year have been had by him.”