Lewis Hamilton has accepted responsibility for drawing a three-place grid penalty ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, revealing that he had no defence for speeding under yellow flags in opening practice.
Although he posted the fastest time of the Friday morning session at the spectacular Buddh International Circuit, the Briton was called before the stewards, along with Sauber's Sergio Perez, to answer charges of failing to slow when passing the recovery effort on Pastor Maldonado's stranded Williams. Both drivers were subsequently handed three-place penalties to take effect after qualifying on Saturday, placing an early dent in Hamilton's hopes of taking a third win in 2011.
"I was engaging the DRS when the yellow flags were on and you're not allowed to," the McLaren driver conceded to journalists, "I went in there and put my hands up and said I accept whatever penalty I get and they gave me one.
"I don't have any feelings. It is what it is. I'm a bit frustrated with myself as it's my fault - as usual. I just have to do what I can from wherever I qualify tomorrow. I have less hopes of pole - but tomorrow could be a different day. I have no-one else to blame do I? There's only me driving."
Fellow Briton Johnny Herbert rejoins the stewards panel in India, having performed the role of advising from a driver's perspective at several races over the past two years.