Hamilton unconcerned by issue on Rosberg’s new engine

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Lewis Hamilton has no concerns with his updated power unit for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix despite seeing teammate Nico Rosberg be forced into a change following practice on Saturday.

Mercedes spent all seven of its remaining development tokens to upgrade its power unit ahead of the race weekend at Monza in a bid to increase its advantage over the chasing pack.

Hamilton put the extra power to good use during qualifying on Saturday as he surged to his seventh consecutive pole position.

However, an issue on Rosberg’s power unit forced Mercedes into switching back to the one he used for the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago, leaving him down on power compared to his teammate.

As a result, Rosberg could only qualify fourth, finishing behind the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in second and third place respectively.

Speaking after qualifying on Saturday, Hamilton said that although he did not know the cause of Rosberg’s issue, he had no fears about a similar problem occurring on his power unit.

“As far as I am aware, no,” Hamilton said. “But I don’t really know what was the issue.

“The guys in the garage have done an amazing job to change the engine in the short space of time that they have, and hopefully we can still bag some good points for the team tomorrow.”

Hamilton has swept the entire weekend so far, topping every single session during practice and qualifying at Monza.

The Briton expressed his pleasure with how the Mercedes W06 Hybrid car was working at Monza, even if he felt that his pole lap in Belgium two weeks ago was more impressive.

“The car’s been feeling good all weekend,” Hamilton said. “The engineers and mechanics have done a fantastic job on both sides of the garage.

“A big thanks to the guys back at the factory who have made improvements to the reliability engine and to bring that here is a good step for us.

“Just yeah, really happy. I don’t really know what to say. My Spa lap was better!”

The Italian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.

WATCH LIVE: IndyCar Carb Day coverage on NBCSN

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It’s Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And that means hours of coverage for IndyCar fans, just days away from the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Coverage on NBCSN will include the Indy Lights Firestone 100 at 1 p.m. ET, a live edition of NASCAR America from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET with Krista Voda, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte, A.J. Allmendinger and Marty Snider, and new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid. Jake Query will call the Indy Lights Firestone 100 alongside analyst Anders Krohn and pit reporter Katie Hargitt.

Click here to watch online or on the NBC Sports app.

All this leads up to Sunday’s race (11 am ET on NBC), but don’t forget about Saturday’s Indy 500 parade coverage, which you can watch on NBC Sports Gold.