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.”