Hamilton: Mercedes’ reliability problems a concern (VIDEO)

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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.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.