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Hamilton reveals Hockenheimring bump didn’t cause car failure

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Troubled Lewis Hamilton forced out in the first qualifying session when his car broke down with a heat soak damage.

A Mercedes spokesman said Hamilton, who is eight points behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the championship battle at the midway point in the season, had heat soak damage.

“Gears won’t change,” Hamilton had reported over the team radio during the Q1.

“Guys, I need to make it back,” he added.

“Stop, stop, stop, stop,” Mercedes responded with some urgency.

Mercedes said it was important to stop the car to prevent “heat soak damage” to the power unit as happened to team mate Valtteri Bottas in Austria last month.

Following the session, asked whether the stoppage was caused by the bump he appeared to hit earlier, Hamilton said: “No. I think it failed before then.”

The Mercedes driver said he “has no idea” where he might be able to recover to.

“It definitely was a tough one. But these things happen and all you can do is gather your thoughts and [take] any of the negative energy and out it towards trying to do your best the next day. Live to fight another day. Another opportunity to rise.

“I’ll give everything tomorrow to see how high I can get up. But it’s not going to be like Silverstone.

“I’m sure I’ll be able to get through to some point but to where I don’t know,” he added.

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