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Mercedes defend Hamilton after engine outburst // Wolff accepts team need to investigate failure

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Mercedes defend Hamilton after engine outburst
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Mercedes have jumped to the defense of their driver after the defending champion hit out at his squad following an engine failure during the Malaysian Grand Prix. The fire that erupted out the back of Hamilton’s engine cost him the lead of the race and a comfortable victory, and also allowed Rosberg to extend his championship lead to 23 points with five races to go.

Hamilton was understandably upset but went so far as to question what was going on within the team, saying: “Someone has to give me some answers because it’s not acceptable. We’re fighting for the championship and only mine are failing, that doesn’t sit right with me.”

However, team boss Toto Wolff has let the remarks wash over him, saying: “Every remark is allowed after such a frustrating moment… This is the emotion and completely understandable. Each of us would express his frustration in different ways.” He also added that whilst they are already forensic in their investigations, they’ll leave “no stone unturned” to check the engines for the next race.