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Hamilton suffers loss of power in Russian Grand Prix qualifying

Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was hit by a loss of power in qualifying for a second straight grand prix in Russia.

After being consigned to a last-place start in the previous event at Shanghai, this time Hamilton got to the end of Q2 before the MGU-H problem hit his Mercedes.

He had headed out to try to reduce a half-second deficit to team-mate Nico Rosberg in Q2 when he noticed the issue.

Mercedes called him in and immediately announced he would have to sit out Q3.

"This is the second engine that I took from the last race and it's the same failure as I had in the last race," said Hamilton.

"Ij ust went back out in Q2 at the end to get a feel for the lap and I lost the same power as I lost in China.

"Nothing I can do."

Rosberg went on to take pole position by a comfortable margin.

Mercedes decided the engine that suffered the problem in China was fit to be re-used as a spare in Russia.

The team is not yet sure whether Hamilton's car will require any further replacement components overnight that could result in extra grid penalties.

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