Hamilton anticipates tough Hungary fightback

By on Saturday, July 26, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

A dejected Lewis Hamilton admitted he will struggle to make it into the top 10 during the Hungarian Grand Prix after suffering from a fire in the opening stages of qualifying at the Hungaroring.

Hamilton's Mercedes caught fire as he approached the final corner and he dived into the pits in order for marshals to extinguish the flames which trickled from his stricken machine.

As a result, he will start Sunday's race from 20th on the grid.

"I can't really believe it today, there was just nothing I could do," he said.

"There was an issue with the car as I was coming out of the second to last corner and then the engine just cut out. I thought we could get it back to the garage but then I looked in my mirrors and saw the whole rear end was on fire and that was it.

"Now we need to see what damage has been done to the car tonight and see whether the gearbox or engine needs to be changed. It's getting to the point where it's beyond bad luck now - as a team, we need to do better."

Hamilton conceded that he will enter the summer break with a significant deficit to overhaul compared to team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The Brit started from 20th in Germany last weekend following a brake failure in qualifying but fought back to third place, a feat he believes will be tough to replicate.

"I honestly don't know what I can do tomorrow," he said. "This is a track that you cannot overtake on so I think I will struggle to get in the top ten tomorrow or at least the top five.

"I will probably leave here more than 20 points behind Nico, but there are still races to go. I will try my best."

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