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Published: 10:20 | 5/10/16

Hamilton moving on from Malaysia

Lewis Hamilton does not want to dwell on his latest engine failure as he looks to maintain the pressure on Nico Rosberg in the world championship.

Hamilton was left fuming after another engine failure cost him victory at last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix to leave Rosberg 23 points clear in the championship with five races remaining.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after the race, Hamilton said: "My question is to Mercedes. We have so many engines made, but mine are the only ones failing this year.

"Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable. We are fighting for the championship and only my engines are failing. It does not sit right with me."

Mercedes have vowed to get to the bottom of the mechanical problems which have threatened to end Hamilton's title defence and the world champion is keen to move forward and put the disappointment behind him.

"Last weekend was a massive disappointment. Not just for me personally but for the whole team. But there's no use dwelling on these things. That's just negative energy. All we can do is focus on the next race, taking things one step at a time and doing the best job we can," Hamilton said.

"There's no substitute for hard work and I've never been afraid of that. The guys are hurting from what happened too and I know they'll be working just as hard to get things right next time.

"It's not the lowest point I've had. There have been lower moments for sure. Regardless, I will find strength from within to fight back over these next five race weekends.

"If I can perform like I did last weekend and the car holds together, then good things can still come my way. I love the Suzuka circuit and I've been quick there for the past two years, so hopefully that trend will continue."

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is keen to move on from Malaysia and is happy to let their drivers race each other in the final five races of the season.

"Last weekend was a particularly tough one. But words won't change that now. We pick ourselves up, brush the dust off and look ahead to the next race," he said.

"With regards to Lewis, we've talked amongst ourselves and said "how is this possible?" But there is no rational explanation or pattern in these failures. If there were, we would resolve it.

"We've had that discussion with him and he understands that we are feeling his pain too. Despite his frustration, he has been trying to pick the team up and we admire him even more than ever for that. We will bounce back from this together.

"It's tough when these things come at a crucial point in a Championship battle. It's a massive blow to his campaign. But the Championship isn't over yet. There are still five faces to go. It will be tough of course, as Nico is driving better than ever before. He proved that in Singapore and then again with a great recovery in Malaysia.

"We will let them battle it out on track over the next five races - hopefully without any reliability woes - and then see where we are. One thing is for sure - we are not going to talk any more about winning Championships before it has happened. We will keep both feet on the ground and do the best we can in every area until the job is done.”

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