Lewis Hamilton says a glazed front brake issue cost him the chance of pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg took pole position as Hamilton failed to improve sufficiently on his final lap to beat his team-mate in wet conditions at Spa. However, Hamilton said he had been losing time due to a brake issue which he had been unable to rectify prior to starting his final attempt.

"I had a glazed front left brake so the car was pulling to the right so there was nothing I could do on the out lap to try and get rid of that," Hamilton said. "So I was struggling under braking. I had to bring the braking point a little further back and I was losing massive amounts of [time] particularly out of Turn 1."

However, Hamilton said he was happy with second on the grid, referencing how Sebastian Vettel took the lead on the opening lap in 2013.

"I'm not disappointed today, actually. If you look at previous years P2 was actually the best place to start here so I feel quite blessed that that's the case. I started on pole here last year and Sebastian flew past me down the top straight, so I think it gives you the most opportunity here at the start.

"I'm just happy to be up here. I was going in to qualifying not knowing if the car was going to make it through and I'm grateful for all the hard work that the team has put in to make sure that we have no problems. It's a great feeling to be back up here."

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George, that a pretty reckless thing to hope for isn't it ? lack of brakes can get a driver killed !!!
I thought the mechanics could carry out work on the car, even in parc ferme with track officials in attendance, if its considered to be a safety issue ?!! I put brakes up there along with steering to be honest

benignlyindifferent: Lewis bashing aside, starting from the second spot on the grid has been the better grid position on a number of occasions. As for the glazed brake, he will have plenty of time to seat them in during morning practice.[\blockquote]

There is no "morning practice" on race day, and cars are in parc ferme, so no changes are allowed, except for safety reasons.