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Hamilton upbeat despite missing out in India

Lewis Hamilton was surprisingly upbeat at the end of the 2012 F1 Indian Grand Prix, even though he missed out on a podium position and is also effectively out of the running for the 2012 title.
Lewis Hamilton did everything he could, but he ran out of time before he could make a successful move on Mark Webber for third place in the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of India at the Buddh International Circuit.

At stake wasn't just a place on the podium, but his last remaining hopes of winning the 2012 world championship. Ending up in fourth place puts him 75pts off Sebastian Vettel: with three races remaining in the season, that means he would have to win every one of them just to pull level with Vettel, and that's assuming Vettel scores no more points at all in Abu Dhabi, Texas and Sao Paulo.

In other words, he's done in terms of this year's championship. And ironically, that seems to have taken a weight off his shoulders and allowed him to enjoy a Grand Prix for the sheer thrill of the chase.

"I loved it out there today!" he beamed afterwards, sounding more animated than after many an outright win in the past. "I can't remember the last time I've pushed so far, so hard, for so long, right on the limit – it felt great. It felt fantastic, in fact, to be in the middle of such a battle."

Hamilton had featured in the most thrilling battle of the entire race through the first corners of the race, as his team mate Jenson Button got the jump on him off the grid and the two went side-by-side right down the long straight, which almost allowed Fernando Alonso to get the jump on them both.

"During the first lap, I was primarily focusing on not colliding with Jenson, then I saw Fernando in my right mirror," recalled Hamilton. "He was towing me from very far back.

"I don't yet understand why I got such a poor start," he added. "It lost me ground and then I fell under attack from the guys behind." But he admitted: "Even if I'd had a better start than I did, the guys in front were still maybe a bit too fast, particularly in the first stint."

Despite managing to get back in front of Button on lap 6, Hamilton started to struggle in the opening phase of the race and fell away from Alonso and the two Red Bulls who were leading the race. Hamilton explained that the reason for this was what had prompted the team to try an unusual - and very risky - gambit of replacing the steering wheel in the sole visit to pit road on lap 32.

“During that first stint I started having a downshift problem," he revealed. "I was having to change down with my right hand instead of my left, so the team elected to change the steering wheel at the pitstop.





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jose - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 2:09 PM

A super run by Lewis. Webber with no KERS did the defensive job of the race, finding a little more speed when needed.. Both driver having a really cracking (UK)good time. Vettel is the man. Top Dog that he is.. Ferrari is still short on pace, Alonzo is in the hunt, "it int over till its over", he still has a shot. The Old Dog, Jose



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