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Hamilton: I just wasn’t quite quick enough on the day

Lewis Hamilton: Jenson was massively quick today. I ended up a couple of tenths away from him, so clearly I could have gone a bit faster.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has conceded that he just wasn't fast enough today during qualifying for Sunday's F1 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton will start the 19th and final round in the championship from fourth, but despite securing a place on the second row he wasn't happy. Indeed with team-mate Jenson Button going almost two tenths quicker, he felt he should have got more from his McLaren MP4-26. Despite that though, Lewis remains optimistic McLaren can mount a 'strong challenge' in the race, especially if there is rain.

“Jenson was massively quick today. I ended up a couple of tenths away from him, so clearly I could have gone a bit faster, but the fact is that although I didn't make any mistakes on my best lap I just wasn't quite quick enough on the day,” Hamilton confirmed.

“While that's inevitably a little disappointing for me personally, Jenson's pace is very encouraging for the team. We have reason to be optimistic about tomorrow too: we're both on the second row, and we can definitely mount a strong challenge from there.

“I don't think we're quite there in terms of race pace in the dry, but hopefully we'll be there if it's wet. Whatever happens though, it's going to be a tough, long race; and if the weather is wet or changeable, as predicted, then it's going to be very interesting indeed.

“Interlagos is a place that makes you feel inspired as a racing driver: it's Ayrton Senna's homeground, and the Brazilian fans are unbelievably passionate.

“I've started fourth here a few times before [in 2008 and 2010], so I hope four is a good number for me. Let's hope we can turn it into something even better tomorrow!”

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile revealed that the team has set both cars up anticipating rain: “Perhaps we didn't quite get the best out of the Option tyre in Q3 this afternoon – it could have been a tyre pressure issue although we're not yet sure about that – but we still put both our cars on the second row which is a pretty decent result,” he added.

“Lewis delivered a very good lap, just two-tenths shy of Jenson's best. He experimented with driving two flying laps in Q3 – a fast-ish one followed by a really hot one in an attempt to get more out of the Option – but in the event it didn't appear to confer any benefit over the conventional one-flying-lap approach adopted by Jenson.

“Looking forward to tomorrow, it may well rain – and, if it does, the race will surely be incident-packed and therefore unpredictable. We geared both our cars with the probability of a wet race in mind, in fact.

“But, rain or no rain, Jenson and Lewis are both hungry to notch up our seventh victory of the season, and we're confident that both their race cars will be fully competitive.”



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26.11.2011- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
26.11.2011- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
26.11.2011- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
26.11.2011- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26

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jose - Unregistered

November 26, 2011 11:52 PM

Tiapan.. Baby you got this thing for Hamilton really bad. The funny part is that you have never had direct contact with Hamilton.. Never seen the man eye to eye. Defiantly know nothing about him personally. The big question is WHY. Why sit here on this site and trash everything about Hamilton. Are you some type of Internet type stalker. Soft core insanity is treatable !! Jose

Dangerous_Dave - Unregistered

November 26, 2011 11:47 PM

@ Taipan and the guy who couldn't think of a name so just mashed the keyboard instead: I find it utterly amazing that you're still on the "Massa's had his season ruined by Hamilton" bandwagon. How many times does a man have to break his own suspension doing the SAME thing, spin his car in the middle of a race with nobody anywhere near him, be massively outperformed in qualifying and the race by his team mate, (as today) use up all his tyres to still be miles off the basic car pace in qualifying, knowingly drive into other cars (as was Johnny Herbert's conclusion the other week), before you will concede that his terrible season - easily the most underperforming of all drivers in the top teams - is his own fault? This perpetual sniping at Hamilton, no matter what, is getting beyond ridiculous.



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