Speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton following today’s Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton admitted that he was concerned about the reliability of his Mercedes car after he saw his teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg fail to get away at the start of the race.
“For me, it’s happened quite a bit, so it’s definitely a worry,” Hamilton explained. “Conscious thing you’re thinking about when driving, trying to look after the car, saying ‘come on baby, let’s make it to the end'”.
Rosberg suffered an electrical problem that meant he could not pull away from the grid, forcing him to start in the pit lane. The German driver languished down at the back of the pack before making his first pit stop, where he could not get the car going again, prompting the team to retire the car.
Out in front, Hamilton managed to control the race, and despite a safety car period threatening to end the Briton’s hopes of a second win in Singapore, he rallied to claim victory and take the lead of the championship for just the second time this season.