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Hamilton `already getting over` Fuji frustration.

Formula 1 World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he is 'already getting over' a massively disappointing and frustrating Japanese Grand Prix this weekend that saw him collide with title rival Felipe Massa and fail to score for the first time in eight outings.

The result – twelfth place at the chequered flag – means the McLaren-Mercedes star heads into the final two grands prix of the 2008 campaign with a reduced five-point advantage over Massa at the top of the drivers' table, and incredibly with no victory to his name since Hockenheim back in July, his Spa-Francorchamps 'on-the-road' triumph excepted.

Hamilton clearly believed his return to the highest step of the podium would come this weekend, in a race he had dominated in atrocious conditions twelve months earlier, and for which he took an unchallenged pole position, with Massa back in fifth.

However, a poor start saw the 23-year-old seem to lose his head into the first corner, as he left his braking impossibly late in an effort to regain the lead, and tyre smoke peeled off his locked-up wheels as the pack was sent scattering wide in his wake.

Worse still was to follow, however, as in endeavouring to fight his way back up through the field, a golden opportunity to overtake Massa when the Ferrari ran wide ultimately turned out to be a poisoned chalice, as the Brazilian shot across the grass – and straight into the side of Hamilton's car.

That left the Briton needing to pit to both get his suspension checked out and to change his badly flat-spotted tyres, and a subsequent drive-through penalty for his first corner misdemeanour left him some way down the field. Thereafter his lap times proved to be uncompetitive – his best a full second slower than Massa's fastest effort – and points elusive.

“Obviously I'm not happy after a result like today's,” the Stevenage-born ace confessed, “but I'm already getting over it and tomorrow will be another day. Disappointingly, I didn't make a great start, but I slip-streamed Kimi and went up the inside.

“I braked a bit late – but so did everybody. A lot of cars went wide at turn one – and I just went a bit wider than everyone else – but you can't undo the penalty or change today's result. On lap two Felipe went wide and I went up the inside, giving him room, but he tapped me quite hard into a spin.

“There are positives to take from today; I've only lost two points to Felipe in the drivers' championship, so it's definitely not over. Now I'll forget today ever happened and move forward; we've got two more races to go and my target is still to win both of them.”

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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-23, Japanese F1, Fuji, 10th-12th, October, 2008
22.06.2017 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
22.06.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
22.06.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
22.06.2017 - Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
22.06.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
22.06.2017 - Press conference, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
22.06.2017 - Press conference, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
22.06.2017 - Press conference, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
22.06.2017 - Press conference, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
22.06.2017 - Mercedes AMG F1 W08 detail
22.06.2017 - Mercedes AMG F1 W08, detail
22.06.2017 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
22.06.2017 - Mercedes AMG F1 W08, detail
22.06.2017 - Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
22.06.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
22.06.2017 - Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
22.06.2017 - Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32

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Fernando Alfonso - Unregistered

October 12, 2008 4:24 PM

@Hughes- you have to realize that this wasn’t a late breaking this was a dive bombing attack. It has nothing to with the “art of late breaking” otherwise he’d stay on the road not forcing Kimi and others off the track.@BMWfanatic-this is a fresh perspective from a Brit. All I see usually hear from a typical F1 fanatic on the island is - the FIA and Ferrari are given the championship fault-finding attitude. The first place a Merc or lulu fan should be looking at is why Hamilton (while losing position in the first corner) was racing Kimi while Massa was behind. I see the shades of last year creeping out where the veins are constricting ad the oxygen is not floating freely to lulu's brain.

BMWfanatic - Unregistered

October 12, 2008 2:51 PM

wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, stop the whining, Hammy screwed up, in front of the WHOLE field! You guys have short memories and seem to have forgotten Schumi being jerked over because the FIA was trying to give Hill a championship. Massa got a penalty for a racing incident as did seabass so why doesn't Hammy deserve one when he screws up and messes up most of the field. Like I've said other places, this whiney the world is against us act you Brits have is getting old after a couple hundred years

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