Lewis Hamilton is still in the hunt for the world championship despite failing even to finish in Australia.
That is the view of Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda, who revealed he consoled the Melbourne pole-sitter by harking back to his own F1 history.
After Hamilton retired at Albert Park only to see his German teammate Nico Rosberg go on to win, Lauda said: "I hugged him (Hamilton) and said 'This was only the first race.
"'In 1984 I also failed in the first race but I was world champion in the end'," Lauda recalled telling Briton Hamilton.
Indeed, while Lauda retired in the pits at Jacarepagua in Brazil, his McLaren teammate Alain Prost won the race.
But Lauda went on to...
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