Lewis Hamilton sparks conspiracy theory rumours after commenting on engine blow-up

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Lewis Hamilton appeared to hint at a conspiracy theory within his Mercedes Formula 1 team after his engine blew up during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Brit was comfortably leading the race after earning pole position in qualifying, when his engine died with 15 laps remaining. Smoke could be seen billowing from the back of his car as flames erupted from the engine bay.

As he pulled the car to a stop he could be heard saying 'No, no!' over the radio and looked absolutely dejected beside the track as marshals rushed to put the flames out.

The incident meant that Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen earned Red Bull a one-two, while Hamilton's title rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg rounded out the top three.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after the race, Hamilton said: "Someone doesn't want me to win this year.

"My question is to Mercedes. We have so many engines made for drivers, but mine are the only ones failing this year.

"There have been many decisive races but this is definitely one of those. Something or someone doesn't want me to win this year but I won't give up. I will keep pushing."

In response to those who said that those comments implied he felt there was a conspiracy against him winning the title, Hamilton clarified what he meant by 'someone': "A higher power. It feels right now as if the man above or a higher power is intervening a little bit. But I feel I have been blessed with so many opportunities. So I have to be grateful for those. While this does not feel great, I have to remain grateful."

Hamilton is now 23 points behind Rosberg in the Drivers' Championship with five races to go.