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Lewis: 'I don't know what happened'

Lewis Hamilton looked to be a contender for pole position throughout qualifying, but it all fell apart in the final Q3 round leaving Hamilton starting from eighth place.
Lewis Hamilton was scratching his head wondering just what had gone wrong at the end of the protracted wet qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

"I don't really know what happened in Q3," he admitted afterwards. But it was apparent that the edge the McLaren had enjoyed in the earlier fully wet conditions had evaporated once the track dried up enough to allow the drivers to switch to the intermediate tyres instead.

"The full wets had been working really well, but, as the track gradually became less wet, I sought better grip and switched to the intermediates – but we struggled to get enough temperature into them and just couldn't switch them on," he admitted.

"I had very little grip on the inters, having felt more confident on the Full wets," he said. "Obviously, we'll have to try to analyse the problem overnight and hopefully fix it for tomorrow."

"Lewis was very quick in full-wet conditions, as he demonstrated emphatically by being fastest of all in Q2," agreed McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh. "But when it came to the restart - and Q3 - to our disappointment we discovered that our car was somewhat less competitive on the intermediate tyre."

That's a worrying sign for the team if the British Grand Prix itself on Sunday afternoon proves to be another changeable, off-on battle with the elements as is currently forecast.

"Since our car is demonstrably very competitive in the full-dry or the full-wet, but less so when intermediate conditions prevail, axiomatically it follows that we'd prefer it to be full-wet or full-dry tomorrow," agreed Whitmarsh. "I guess it's unlikely to be full-dry, so let's hope it's full-wet!"

Whitmarsh added that he wanted to give his thanks to the fans who turned out to support McLaren and its two drivers despite the soggy conditions at Silverstone.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again: British F1 fans really are the best in the world, hugely knowledgeable and massively enthusiastic in equal measure," he said.

Hamilton picked up the same theme: "I want to give a shout-out to the fans," he said. "They've been fantastic - very patient and so supportive. The cheers from the grandstands were spectacular.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't get a car on the front row for them, but we can still push tomorrow," he added.



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Russell

July 07, 2012 5:16 PM

8th is by no means a disaster in what will likely be a wet/dry race but I'm starting to worry about the Macca challenge this year, they're starting to look outclassed all round these days One thing they always had was in season dev pace but that really seems to have dwindled away from what it was in 04/05/06 or even 09 sort of seasons, but even now that seems to have slipped away I hope they find their mojo again soon to get that final step they clearly need to be world class again Never mind here come the Hammi haters with their brain farting!

107SS2009

July 08, 2012 12:24 PM

**pan, will you allow me one more off topic? Taipan, I do trust you about your Moggy but you seems to lack the US experience, they do have “or believe so” everything much, much bigger than what you can come up with over there so assume that Jackson is the size (height) of a horse. What’s the latest weather forecast for the race? About 30 minutes for start from out here.



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