F1 »

Hamilton spies 'fighting chance' for McLaren win

Lewis Hamilton believes that he's well set to challenge for a win in Sunday's Indian Grand Prix, after beating his team mate to third place on the grid in qualifying.
"I reckon I got everything out of the car," Lewis Hamilton told reporters after qualifying for the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of India. But it hadn't been enough to break Red Bull's stranglehold on the front row of the grid for the third race in succession.

Even so, Hamilton still felt bullish about his prospects for the race: "I'm very satisfied that I'll be starting tomorrow's race from the second row," he said. "This is one of the best circuits we race on and I definitely think third position gives us a fighting chance to win tomorrow.

"We have the race pace to be able to stay with the Red Bulls, so as I say a win is definitely possible," he added.

Hamilton really felt that he had given it his all in the last part of qualifying, "particularly on my final run in Q3 - the middle and last sectors were particularly strong," he pointed out. "Even if I'd had a perfect qualifying lap, I think I'd only have found another tenth."

Hamilton went on to identify another potential advantage he has over Sebastian Vettel as he heads into the first corner of the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida when the lights go out on Sunday.

“At the start tomorrow, I feel I have a lot less to lose than Sebastian in front of me," he said, indicating that this meant he would be able to push harder than if he was still fixed on the world championship battle. "Seb has more to worry about than I do, and, if I can get up with the two Red Bulls, I'd love to take a win for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes."

Hamilton will have the advantage of his team mate Jenson Button starting alongside him, although Button's alternative qualifying strategy hadn't quite paid off at the end of the session.

“We struggled a little to get the options working, particularly on the first lap," explained Button. "So I went for a different strategy from most other drivers, carrying out a three-lap run.

"The longer run really worked out for me in Q2, in fact, but I didn't quite have the right balance in Q3," he continued. "I had a bit more understeer, as the circuit had gripped-up more than we'd anticipated.

As a result, Button's Q3 lap wasn't quite a match for his Q2 effort and as a result Hamilton was able to pip him for third place on the grid.

“Overall, as a team, we should be reasonably happy with what we achieved today," said Button. "We're not far from the Red Bulls and we're ahead of the Ferraris. As a result, I'm very excited about the race tomorrow. Our starts tend to be pretty good, so let's see what we can do from the second row."

"Both our drivers did a superb job in the circumstances," contributed McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh. "We think we've got a very good race car. Yesterday our long-run pace was very strong, in fact.

"As a result, tomorrow's race may be a bit closer than some pundits are currently prophesying," he added.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
26.10.2012- Press conference, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
26.10.2012- Free Practice 1, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
27.10.2012- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 leads Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
27.10.2012- Qualifying, Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
22.08.2014- Press conference, Andrew Green (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Technical Director
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
22.08.2014- Free Practice 1, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
22.08.2014- Free Practice 1, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
22.08.2014- Free Practice 1, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
22.08.2014- Free Practice 1, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


jose - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 3:02 PM

Qualifying in the 'Box' (pos 1-4) is always a good starting position. Willing to bet if the car is good you will surprise some people tomorrow... Ride Like the Wind, Baby! #1 Fan, Jose

Bfdskdfs - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 5:15 PM

I think Lewis has a good chance if he can nail the start. Obviously Webber will have a poor start as usual, so if lewis can get a good one, he will be 2nd behind Vettel into the first couple of corners, and the Macca is quite a bit quicker than the RB on the straight, so he can slipstream him and go past on the long straight before turn 4.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.