Hamilton admits he did not want to stop in Melbourne

Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 16 March 2014

Lewis Hamilton’s 2014 Formula 1 title campaign is still “very much on track”, however, he admits that he wanted to carry on racing despite being called into the pits early on in the Australian Grand Prix.

The Melbourne polesitter had to retire at Albert Park after his Mercedes engine – among a mere allocation of just five for the entire 19-race campaign – dropped from six to five cylinders in the early stages of the race.

“While I wanted to keep going,” Hamilton said in Australia, “[but] we had to play safe and save the engine.”

But it appears that Mercedes’ efforts to ‘save’ the turbo V6 ‘Power Unit’ have at least paid off.

The Mirror newspaper reports that the 2008 world champion, whose teammate Nico Rosberg is leading the drivers’ standings, has not yet lost the Melbourne-specification engine from his allocation for the season.

“The fortunate thing is that we did stop when we did,” Hamilton said in Kuala Lumpur, explaining that “something went wrong with the wiring” in Australia.

“I didn’t want to stop, I have to say,” he admitted. “The car was going but not very fast. I am keeping my fingers crossed and I think the engine is going to be usable.” (GMM)

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