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.”