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Hamilton has been struck by engine troubles in recent races..

Lewis Hamilton's F1 title defence hanging by a thread after engine woes

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Lewis Hamilton's Formula One title defence is hanging in the balance after recent mechanical troubles leaves him with just two engines going into the final three races, report The Sun.

Hamilton has endured what appears to be endless engine woes so far this season. In China and Russia, two races early on in the campaign, he suffered failures to his MGU-H (an energy recovery system connected to the turbocharger).

He was forced to start from the back of the pack for the Belgian Grand Prix in August as well. The 31-year-old was handed a mammoth 55-place grid penalty after using more than the permitted amount of engine parts throughout the season.

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More recently, he suffered an engine fire whilst leading the Malaysia Grand Prix. He was subsequently forced to retire and it handed team-mate Nico Rosberg a chance to extend his lead.

After the race the Brit bemoaned his luck, claiming: "something or someone doesn’t want me to win this World Championship."

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The Sun believe that Hamilton's team Mercedes hoped the increase in allocation would be enough to finish the season, however, after the fire in Malaysia, fears are growing it may not.

If further issues arise, Hamilton could be set for further grid penalties that would surely rule him out of the fight for the number one spot in the driver's standings.

On Sunday, Hamilton led the US Grand Prix from start to finish and closed the gap on teammate Rosberg to 26 points.

Despite a convincing victory, he suggested he wasn't fully convinced his car would make it to the finishing line: "All I could think about was the car making it to the end – nothing else. It was the longest afternoon I could remember in my whole career."

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Hamilton described his fear that there could be further complications in Texas: "Every single lap I was thinking something might happen. When I get on that back straight I am petrified."

He revealed that past events left him anxious during the race and expressed his delight that his car made it to the end in full working order: "I was haunted by Malaysia and dreading that would happen so I am so grateful that it didn't."

The competition is beginning to heat up as we head into the final three races, but it remains to be seen if Hamilton will still be in contention as the season comes to a close at the end of November.

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