Mercedes replaces Hamilton’s cracked chassis for final two races 15 November, 2013 New Mercedes chassis for Lewis Hamilton for final two races Lewis Hamilton will tackle the last two races of the Formula 1 season with a brand new Mercedes chassis. After a series of modest results for the 2008 World Champion recently, the Brackley based team investigated Hamilton’s problem and found a “large crack” in his chassis, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports. “This might explain Hamilton’s disappointing race results,” said the correspondent Michael Schmidt. Hamilton won the inaugural Grand Prix in Austin a year ago for McLaren, but on Thursday admitted he is unlikely to repeat that feat in 2013. “Vettel has been half a minute in front in the last races,” the Briton is quoted, “so it’s hard to imagine we’re going to be in front of him suddenly. “My plan is to qualify in front of him, then I can try my best to stay ahead of him in the race,” added Hamilton. Given Hamilton’s recent struggles, however, Nico Rosberg on Thursday said he was determined to chase down the 16 point deficit to his Mercedes teammate in the remaining two grands prix of 2013. “It’s very important to be ahead of Lewis [at] the end,” the German is quoted by the SID news agency, “because your teammate is always your most important comparison. So I’d rather be in front than behind.” In fact, with Kimi Raikkonen now out of action, Rosberg said he would also like to leapfrog the Finn in the drivers’ standings, for third overall. “Third is still mathematically possible,” he said, “so that’s the goal. The last two races were good, so I want to continue like that.” Like Hamilton, however, Rosberg sees Red Bull‘s Sebastian Vettel as too dominant to challenge for another race win. “Red Bull is just too fast in all respects,” he said, “especially Sebastian. He’s on another planet.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsHamilton: With hindsight perhaps I should have just let him pastMercedes: We achieved our target and that’s what countsBarrichello says he nearly replaced Raikkonen for final two racesMercedes: It was a very tricky session and the team did a good job to deliverMercedes: An interesting day which could be relevant for the rest of the weekendInterlagos Practice 2: Rain man Rosberg rules as bad weather ruins day oneBriatore: US GP showed that Lotus made very bad choice with KovalainenMercedes previews the Brazilian Grand Prix at InterlagosBrawn: Hamilton’s bad tempered radio calls no problemRosberg: What Sebastian’s car can do in the corners is madness captain tortuga It amazes me that those chassis are so flimsy.. i remember Grosjean also had a crack in his chassis early in the season, and i think last year Alonso (or Massa) had a similar issue.. put the hammer down now Hamilton is going put the hammer down now. That damaged chassis could be the reason for the lack of speed. Even if that was not the real reason, Lewis will take something positive out of it and be more confident in the car. A41202813GMAIL GO, HAMILTON !