Hamilton: I will struggle to score a point
26 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton has said that he will struggle to salvage a point from the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver, 14 points adrift of team-mate Nico Rosberg ahead of the race, suffered another Q1 elimination at the Hungaroring on Saturday, with his car erupting in flames during his first timed attempt.
Hamilton is due to start the race from 21st on the grid, ahead only of Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado.
"I bailed out of the timed lap that I was doing and I was like 'I'm going to try and do the second lap' then something happened to my brakes," Hamilton explained to reporters after returning to the paddock.
"Something on the brake system failed so I had to engage some settings to try and correct it then the engine died. So I thought 'I am right next to the pit entry so I will roll back and get them to fix it' but then I looked in my mirrors and it was on fire. I was hoping to get it in neutral so I could push it back or something but no luck."
Assessing his chances for the race, he added: "I honestly don't know what I can do tomorrow. This is a track that you cannot overtake on so I think I will struggle to get in the top 10 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."
Hamilton is a four-time winner of the Hungarian Grand Prix, triumphing in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013.