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Hamilton all out of focus in Japan

By Philip Duncan

A distracted Lewis Hamilton shut down talk of his engine horror show in Malaysia as he fooled around on his phone in a bizarre press conference ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who trails team-mate Nico Rosberg by 23 points in the title race, was leading in Sepang when his engine blew up with just 15 laps remaining last Sunday.

But the incident, which made an angry Hamilton question his own Mercedes camp, appeared far removed from the Briton's mind at the press conference in Suzuka.

At one stage Hamilton, who was joined in the interview session by five other drivers - including Fernando Alonso and British rookie Jolyon Palmer - wiped away tears of laughter as he uploaded videos and pictures to Snapchat.

Using a filter, Hamilton, 31, posted a video in which he was 'wearing' drawn-on rabbit ears, whiskers and carrots, accompanied with the words: "This s*** is killing me."

Hamilton also took a video of Carlos Sainz, sitting behind him, before adding fake fox ears and nose to the Spaniard's face.

Hamilton also showed the videos to Alonso and Sainz who each shared a smile.

Asked what was so amusing, Hamilton said: "It's quite funny. Just some snaps of us drivers. We've been doing this (format of press conferences) a long, long time and it's the same. Just got to keep adding new things to it.''

Later, Hamilton moved to explain his odd behaviour.

"Today was meant to be fun, not disrespectful," he wrote on Twitter. "Some people take themselves too seriously. I had a blast, highlight of my day!"

On Snapchat, he then added: "Regarding last post, I realise now how some have perceived it, media particularly. I was meaning this filter is killing me with laughter. Still, there's no need to get emotional about it."

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