Lewis Hamilton feels that his Mercedes team “deserved more” from the Korean Grand Prix after lining up second and fourth on the grid. The Brit said that he would try and attack for the lead on the first lap but ended up defending from Romain Grosjean. He lost out to the Frenchman before falling behind Raikkonen and Hulkenberg in the pit stop sequence.
Discussing his race to fourth place in a team statement he said: “That was not a great day for us and it feels like we deserved more as a team. After Grosjean got ahead of me at the start, there was no way past and it seemed that we were losing out to other on traction cars all day. In my second stint, running the prime tyre, my right front was just destroyed all of a sudden. When that happens, you start losing temperature, understeering and locking up under braking, so it was really hard to maintain the pace in those laps.”
He added: “It was a really difficult part of the race but I had to get to a certain target lap before I made the final stop. After the Safety Car, we were just losing out in traction to the Sauber. Our car was really strong through the middle sector but not quick enough on the straights to stay ahead. It was a nice battle with Fernando but it’s hard to take when it’s only for P5 or P6. It was just not a good race for us today but we have the chance to bounce back in Suzuka.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg didn’t fare much better. He didn’t have the best of starts but managed to close in on Hamilton mid-way through the race. However he suffered a front nosecone failure as he went to overtake the Brit, causing an unscheduled pit stop.
Reacting to his seventh place finish he said: “That was another very tough race for me. I couldn’t believe what happened with the wing: I was on course for a podium finish after overtaking Lewis and two seconds later, the front wing just broke. It was pretty scary because that could have been a dangerous situation but the engineers told me over the radio that it was under control and I could carry some speed back to the pits. It’s a shame because the car felt great today and I found a good balance and how to get the most out of the car, which I hadn’t managed until this point of the weekend.”
He continued: “It’s been a real up and down season so far for me but it’s good that we have another race in a week’s time. Our car is very competitive and I had good pace compared to the cars on the podium. So I’m looking forward to the next races.”
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