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JINXED; Hammy's victory hopes ruined again as engine fire dumps him out qualifying.

Byline: Davie Speed

Lewis Hamilton fears he may struggle to simply get into the points today after his hopes of a recordbreaking victory in Hungary went up in flames.

With four poles and four wins to his name at the Hungaroring in seven attempts, Hamilton was on course for top spot on the grid again after setting the fastest time in all three practic e sessions.

But come the start of qualifying a fuel leak resulted in Hamilton's Mercedes bursting into PSames, resulting in him trundling to a halt in the pit lane.

As Hamilton looked on with marshals dousing the re, he shook his head disconsolately and slapped the palm of his hand against a barrier before trudging away.

After a right–front brake disc failure last Saturday at Hockenheim ahead of the German Grand Prix pitched Hamilton into a 30g shunt into a barrier, it has been a week to forget for the Briton.

Hamilton said: "I bailed out of that timed lap I was doing and I was like, 'I'm going to try to do the second lap'. en something happened to my brakes. Something on the brake system failed so I had to engage some settings to try to correct it then the engines died.

"I then thought, 'I am right next to the pit entry so I will roll back and get them to x it' but then I looked in my mirrors and it was on re. I was still trying to get it to the garage and maybe they could do something,, but they said, 'Stop, stop, stop' so I tried to stop but the brakes weren't working. e car kept running forward.

"I think it's getting to the point beyond bad luck – it's somethin g else. We just need to do better ."

Hamilton nished 21st on the timesheet. Extensive repairs and replacement of parts, however, will incur penalties which will lead to him starting the race from the pit lane.

Last Sunday, Hamilton nished third from 20th on the grid, albeit on a circuit where overtaking is possible, unlike the Hunagroring.

Hamilton's hopes of closing the 14–point gap to team–mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers' standings and claiming a record–breaking fth win at this track look to have gone.

Hamilton added: "ere's a lot going through my mind but I just have to try to turn it into positives.

"This is a track where you cannot overtake, so I think I will struggle to get in the top 10, or at least the top "This is a track where you cannot overtake, so I think I will struggle to get in the top 10, or at least the top ve."

Rosberg will be joined on the front row by fellow German Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull, followed by Williams' Valtteri" Rosberg will be joined on the front row by fellow German Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull, followed by Williams' Valtteri Bottas

HOW THEY LINE UP

1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes, 2 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull, 3 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams–Mercedes, 4 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull, 5 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari, 6 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams–Mercedes, 7 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren, 8 Jean–Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso–Renault, 9 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India,10 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren, 21, Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes.

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UP IN SMOKE Lewis Hamilton will start the race from the pit lane after incurring penalties

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 27, 2014
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