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Hamilton: I could have battled for second

Lewis Hamilton: I got a pretty decent start but made a mistake on the opening lap and lost a lot of ground out of Turn Three when I was trying to go around Webber. That was the defining moment of my afternoon.

Lewis Hamilton felt he probably missed out on a podium today in the F1 2011 Turkish Grand Prix.

Hamilton made a strong start, especially considering he was on the dirty side of the grid, and was pushing Mark Webber for third on the opening lap, until he went wide at Turn 3 and then slipped behind Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

Speaking at the finish, and after battling back to end the race in P4, Hamilton reckoned that was definitely the 'defining moment'.

“I got a pretty decent start but made a mistake on the opening lap and lost a lot of ground out of Turn Three when I was trying to go around Webber. That was the defining moment of my afternoon,” confirmed the McLaren man. “If I hadn't dropped behind Fernando and Jenson, I think I could have got up to third and battled for second in the race.

“The battle with Jenson [after that] was good and fair, as always, but that, and the fact that I had too much front-wing dialled into my car meant I struggled to look after the rear tyres; so my tyres were finished and that's what kick-started the four-stop strategy.”

Hamilton's problems weren't over then either though, as he also lost around 21 seconds with a slow pit stop.

“Considering the time I lost at my third stop [when a pair of cross-threading wheelnuts on the right-front caused a delay], I think we recovered reasonably well.” he continued. “I was quite happy with the way the car behaved once we'd taken out some wing.

“But we were definitely able to do better today – although to finish fourth was a good recovery.”



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07.05.2011- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
07.05.2011- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
07.05.2011- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
08.05.2011- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 leads Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
08.05.2011- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 leads Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02

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i think his race was compromised by a number of factors Firstly he was out qualified by rosberg he really needed that third spot to challenge for first because seb always pulls away while everyone else squabbles behind Secondly he is too impatient, if only he had waited behind webber a bit longer i think he would of overtook instead he looses two places Thirdly his cross threaded pits stop really put the nails in the coffin i think it was 20 seconds I hink he is right saying 4th was a good recovery it could of been much worse nad he didn't really blame anyone and admitted his first lap mistake.



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