Mercedes apologises to Hamilton for fire
26 July 2014 – Mercedes has apologised to Lewis Hamilton after he suffered another technical problem during Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.
The Briton, who crashed out of qualifying at the previous Hockenheim round due to a brake disc failure, stopped his Silver Arrow in the opening minutes of Q1 at the Hungaroring when a fuel leak led to a fire.
He had been due to line up 21st, but chassis, engine and gearbox changes will see him start from the pit lane with Kevin Magnussen.
"I was devastated for Lewis," said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.
"The team has been working so hard to deliver the best possible car for both drivers so it is upsetting to see him suffer another problem. A Mercedes in flames is not what we want to show the world and it's not the standard we set for ourselves in the team.
"I apologise to Lewis and to all his supporters for this problem which has given him another mountain to climb. But we know that if anybody can do it, Lewis can."
Hamilton's team-mate, Nico Rosberg, starts from pole position with a 14-point advantage in the standings.