Lewis Hamilton has admitted it was his own fault he missed out on pole position in qualifying for the British Grand Prix and he has apologised for disappointing the home fans.
“It was my mistake,” said the 2008 F1 World Champion in an interview with Sky Sports F1
after the top-ten shootout.
Hamilton had looked strong in his Mercedes and despite tricky changeable conditions made it through Q1 and Q2 with relative ease, setting the third best time in the first session and the quickest time in the second.
He then looked on course for his fifth pole of the season in Q3 and on the first runs took pole position by a few tenths.
With the drizzle then returning it seemed as if no one would be able to improve, but still seven of the ten runners did go out again and initially it appeared as if it was all over with the times slower in sector 1 and 2.
In the final sector though, it dried up and suddenly the leaderboard was turned on its head. Hamilton, however, had already decided to abort his lap and that left his rivals through to take advantage, with his Mercedes team-mate and championship rival, Nico Rosberg snatching P1 right at the end, while Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen also all improved, leaving Hamilton a very disappointed sixth.
So was it just the nature of the Silverstone circuit and the British weather that caught him out? “I guess so,” he replied, “but we have got great fans here today. I apologise to them and after today I will try and do what I can tomorrow from where I am.”
“I think it is going to be dry tomorrow but either way I am going to be giving it everything,” he continued.
Asked if he could still comeback through the pack like he did in Austria two weeks ago and if he might even be able to win, he replied: “At the moment I can't see that [winning - happening].
"I will do what I can [now]. When you get out of the car after a qualifying like that, it is very difficult to be all happy and cheery. [But] I will analysis everything as much as I can tonight to make sure I come back strong,” concluded the Englishman.