F1: Hamilton's pain 'indescribable' after 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix heartache
PUBLISHED: 12:18 02 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:07 09 October 2016
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has vowed to fight back after the "indescribable pain" of his 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix retirement.
The 31-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas driver from Hertfordshire was motoring to victory around the Sepang International Circuit when his engine caught fire on lap 41.
Having started on pole, three-time world champion Hamilton was more than 22 seconds clear of the field when flames started coming out of his Mercedes.
The mechanical issue forced Hamilton to retire and Red Bull rival Daniel Ricciardo eventually took the chequered flag.
It was a Red Bull one-two with Max Verstappen second.
Hamilton’s Silver Arrows colleague Nico Rosberg also finished on the podium in third place to extend his drivers’ championship lead over Lewis to 23 points with only five races to go.
Posting on Instagram, Hamilton wrote: “Today, the pain is indescribable, but I truly believe God never gives you more than you can handle.
“I want to say a huge thank you to the fans who stood on their feet in the blazing hot sun, or from their sofas at home, watching and supporting me this weekend. I’m so grateful.
“I have 100 per cent faith in my team, they have worked so hard both at the track, and factory, and I want to say a HUGE thank you to them.
“I know we’ve had all these problems but it’s not how we fall, it’s how we get up.
“It’s not how we are in moments of comfort that define us, but how we are in the face of adversity.
“We are champions and that’s how we will move forward. I will, we will, NEVER give up!”