Lewis Hamilton has shared his disappointment at missing out on pole position for tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix. The Brit managed to maintain his position on the front row but a last lap mistake cost him the chance of first place.
Speaking in a post-qualifying team statement, Hamilton admitted “It’s good to be up on the front row again but I am a little disappointed with my last lap. I was seven-tenths up going into the last corner which was really slippery and unfortunately I went straight on. I would have lost time there anyway as it was so wet but there was a chance of pole if the lap had come together.”
Looking ahead to the race, the 28-year-old feels he has a good opportunity to take his debut win of 2013: “Tomorrow should be a good opportunity for us though. The car felt great yesterday in the dry so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that the rain stays away for the race and hopefully we can give Seb a run for his money. We’ve got a good car and I feel like I’m on it here so let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg will start behind Hamilton on the second row and is likewise disappointed with his starting position: “We were very quick in the difficult conditions out there this afternoon and I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t qualify further up the grid.”
The German admitted that he suffered a radio communication breakdown which meant he didn’t know whether he crossed the line for a final lap. Speaking about the problem he said “Unfortunately my radio stopped working and communicating with my engineers is crucial in conditions like we had this afternoon. The biggest issue was not knowing that I had one more lap that was the chance to improve my time.” He concluded by sharing his optimism for tomorrow’s race where he expects to be “strong”, adding “But generally I can be pleased to be starting from the second row and I will hope for a strong race tomorrow. We need to manage the tyres well and then I believe we can get a good result.”
Team Principal Ross Brawn admitted that it was an “unusual” qualifying but that both his drivers did a “fantastic” job.
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