Hamilton hoping to avoid engine change
25 March 2014 – Lewis Hamilton is hopeful that he will not require an engine change for the upcoming Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver was forced to bring his car back to the garage after just three laps of the season-opening Melbourne race, but he says the unit should be healthy enough to remain in place for the Sepang weekend.
"I've been talking to my engineers quite a lot over the last few days and they are still investigating but they have found that something went wrong with the wiring to the engine just as I left the garage," he told the Daily Mirror.
"There was nothing we could do to avoid it. The fortunate thing is that we did stop when we did. I didn't want to stop. The car was going but not very fast. I am keeping my fingers crossed and I think it is going to be usable."
Drivers can use only five power units this season, with a change still incurring a 10-place grid penalty.