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Early tyre change wasn't right choice, says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton puts in stunning drive to claim the runners-up spot in Shanghai, just behind his McLaren team-mate and Chinese GP winner, Jenson Button.
Lewis Hamilton has admitted he was wrong to switch to intermediate tyres in the early stages of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, although the Englishman was still pleased to help McLaren take an 'incredible' one-two result.

Hamilton had another dramatic race, and like a lot of runners, except most noticeably his team-mate, Jenson Button, he opted to pit early on and switch to intermediate tyres. That decision proved to be a mistake, but he still managed to battle his way back up the order, eventually finishing just 1.5 seconds off P1.

"First of all, congratulations to Jenson – he did an incredible job and made an excellent tyre choice in what were very tricky conditions this afternoon," Hamilton stated. "It was very tough at the start – it started to rain right away, and it was a difficult call to decide to pit for intermediate tyres. I made a very late call when I thought I'd heard a comment over the radio, and pulled into the pits when I was halfway round the final corner!

"Unfortunately, it wasn't the right choice – the tyres started graining almost immediately and I needed to stop again, this time for dry tyres. But, after that, I got my head down and made up a lot of positions before the rain got heavier.

"I want to thank the team for making not only some pretty impeccable strategy calls, but also for executing some fantastically slick pit stops. I think the team was operating right at the top of its game today, and I want to thank all the guys for such an incredible effort.

"Towards the end of the race, my tyres really weren't in good shape. So, while I was able to get past a lot of cars, I wasn't able to catch Jenson. But we both had an absolutely fantastic afternoon, and I think the whole team deserves this incredible one-two result. I hope the spectators and viewers enjoyed it, too!"

Hamilton meanwhile has warned McLaren's rivals that the Woking-based outfit will be even better in Barcelona in three weeks time.

"We're confident of making an even bigger step for the Spanish Grand Prix next month, and I want to pass on my thanks and encouragement to all the men and women working so hard in Woking and Stuttgart: your efforts are enormously appreciated, and today's result could only have been achieved with all your incredible efforts.

"We know we still have to make some improvements to our car, but two wins from four races and the lead of both world championships only make us even more determined. The team is very strong at the moment, and it's just fantastic to be a part of that," Hamilton summed-up.

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dj - Unregistered

April 18, 2010 7:56 PM

Do any of you out there actually want to see proper racing or shall we have a rule for everything. last couple of years everyone has been complaining that the stewards have been stifalling the racing and beeing harsh on racing incidents, now they have an ex driver to help in the desisions your all saying they are too lenient. we want to see overtaking not drivers thinking I won't do that might get a penalty.. Hamilton, Alonso and MSC are drivers who all push the limit and F1 is all the better for it.. :) :)

dj - Unregistered

April 18, 2010 8:27 PM

@ Gsreth Only thing is I'm A button / MSC fan But you have to admit that Lewis makes the racing fun If you want safe go play ping pong!!

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