Lewis Hamilton has apologised to his team after a torrid qualifying result at the Autodromo di Monza, which saw the former Italian Grand Prix winner qualify a torrid 12th for the 53-lap race after a host of issues during Q2. The Briton ran extensively wide at Turn 11, thus damaging the floor of his car. He was also impeded by the Force India of Adrian Sutil.
Initially Lewis Hamilton’s qualifying session began in positive form, with the Briton ending Q1 3rd fastest behind his team-mate and reigning Champion Sebastian Vettel. However, any hope he had of taking the fight for pole to the German driver evaporated during Q2, when Lewis Hamilton firstly ran extensively wide on the exit of the Parabolica. This saw him skip deep into the gravel trap, kicking up a huge dust cloud. During the immediate aftermath Lewis Hamilton strove to reinvigorate heat into his tyres, however he was forced to pit for a new set instead of beginning a new timed lap.
As Lewis Hamilton strove to progress out of the drop zone, he was impeded on two occasions by the Force India of Adrian Sutil. Despite momentarily rising out of the drop zone, the 2008 World Champion was soon demoted once again by Sergio Perez, Jenson Button and Jean-Eric Vergne. This left the 28-year-old a dismal 12th behind the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen, after a torrid afternoon for the former World Champion. Despite such a poor result, Lewis Hamilton has vowed to “push like hell” during the 53-lap race, in bid to redeem himself.
“I just didn’t get a lap together in Q2 today and it’s hugely disappointing, not just for me, but also for the team and I can only apologise to them as we had a quick car today.” Explained a disappointed Lewis Hamilton, “Qualifying has always been a real strong point for me but it really didn’t come together this afternoon. Q1 was fine but I didn’t do a good enough job in Q2. I came off at Parabolica on my first run which damaged the car and it was a downward spiral from there really. We will see what we can do from here tomorrow. I’ll be pushing like hell to get a decent finish but there are a lot of quick cars ahead.”
The last time Lewis Hamilton was unable to progress into the top ten shootout was way back in 2010 at the Malaysian Grand Prix. At the time the session was struck by an heavy monsoon, which accounted for his lowly 20th place grid position. During the race he was able to scythe his way through the order to finish a competitive 6th, a feat he will be aiming to repeat tomorrow during the 53-lap Italian Grand Prix.
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