Lewis Hamilton thinks it will be hard to repeat his Hungary 2014 heroics at the Chinese Grand Prix after an engine problem in qualifying consigned him to the back of the grid.
Hamilton came into qualifying knowing he could not take pole position due to a gearbox penalty and bad luck struck again in Q1 as an engine issue forced him out of qualifying at the first session.The world champion memorably came through the field to claim a podium in similar circumstances in Hungary and Germany in 2014 but he thinks the Shanghai circuit will make a repeat this time around more difficult.
Asked if that Hungary race gives him inspiration, Hamilton replied: "You can overtake here -- the tyres don't last as well so it's perhaps not as simple as it was in that race but of course I'll give it everything I've got to try and get up.
[The car] is quick so hopefully if they get the issue fixed then we can actually have a race tomorrow."
Hamilton says he was certain there was a problem from the moment he left the garage in Q1.
"As soon as I went out. Of course it is unfortunate, but these things are sent to test us. The best thing can do is just try to learn from it. I'm sure the guys are just as gutted as I am but we win and we lose together so it's a case of trying to figure out the issue and make sure it doesn't happen again, to either of our cars."