After seeing his Malaysian Grand Prix chances of victory go up in flames, Lewis Hamilton insists he has complete faith in Mercedes despite suggesting a “higher power” is interfering with his championship campaign.

The defending World Champion’s engine blew up with 15 laps remaining in the race while enjoying a comfortable lead, denying him a certain victory which would have seen him retake the Drivers’ Championship lead by five points.

Given his retirement and Nico Rosberg’s third-placed finish, Hamilton now finds himself 23 points adrift his teammate with five races left in the season.

When asked to clarify his comments referring to “somebody doesn’t want me to win this year,” Hamilton said that it was a “higher power”.

“It feels right now that the man above, or a higher power is intervening a little bit but I feel like I’ve been blessed with so many big opportunities, firstly being here with all these people around here, the opportunity in this great team winning the last two championships,” Hamilton said.

“When we had the problems in the first part of the season, you always have the feeling that it’s [the championship] slipping through your hands, slipping through your fingers and there’s nothing you can do about it.

“Then when you have a splurge of good results and then a bunch of difficult results and it’s a similar feeling to what we had back in Barcelona.

“These guys work so hard, we are all feeling the pain right now. When you get out of the car after the feeling you have after leading the race and the car fails, it’s pretty hard to say positive things.

“But honestly I feel, as I said in the interviews, Mercedes have built 43 engines with the extra three that I have had and I happen to have had most of, if not all the failures, so that is definitely a top thing, but I have one hundred percent confidence in these guys, I’ve been with them now into my fourth year with the guys in the garage, the guys back at the factory. I have one hundred percent faith in them.”

Image via Sky Sports F1

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