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Lewis Hamilton blames car problems for World Championship loss

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Lewis Hamilton has attributed his championship loss to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to the car issues he has faced during the course of the campaign. 

The Brit suffered three engine failures during the season which significantly impacted his points total.

Rosberg, on the other hand, only suffered a minor hiccup at Silverstone which cost him a single spot in the race. 

Hamilton won the final race of the year at Abu Dhabi but was not able to stop the German from clinching his first ever world title. 

Hamilton, commenting on the result, was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "I did everything I could, particularly towards the end. Nico had a clean year without any real issues and that's why we sit in this position.

"But he did a fantastic job, so big congratulations to him."

Problems with car's hybrid system

The veteran driver faced problems with his car's hybrid system which forced him to start down the grid at the Chinese and Russian Grand Prix. 

Replacement parts for the aforementioned damage resulted in a further penalty which meant that Hamilton had to start the race in Belgium at the back. 

Then, a massive engine failure at the Malaysian Grand Prix in September dealt his title hopes a major blow as Hamilton went from leading the race, which would have handed him a marginal lead at the top of the driver's standings, to suffering a 23-point deficit to Rosberg at the conclusion of the race. 

Turning point

This was seen as a turning point in the season, a setback the former world number 1 never really recovered from. 

"I was generally quickest most of the year, so it's definitely been a positive, a lot of positives to take from it. So I take that into the next season," Hamilton added, reflecting on the campaign. 

The Brit received criticism for his actions in Abu Dhabi as he tried to slow the race down so that the likes of the chasing Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen could catch second-placed Rosberg, in a bid to dislodge the Mercedes leader from a podium finish. 

Despite orders to speed up the race from his team, Hamilton tried in vane to stop his teammate.

He explained his actions saying: "I'm in a position where I've obviously had a lot of points lost during the season so for me, I'm out there fighting and I generally never try to do anything to harm the team or the brand or anything like that. 

"But we've won the constructors' championship so it was down to me and Nico and yet they still felt they needed to make comments," Hamilton added. 

The 31-year-old concluded by saying: "We'll discuss afterwards as a team as we always do and pull back in. But we can't let that overshadow the fact that Nico's just won a championship and the team has dominated all year long. It's been an incredibly successful year."

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