Tyre change cost me, says Lewis

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he was wrong to switch to intermediate tyres in the early stages of Sunday’s Chinese GP, although he was still pleased to help McLaren take an ‘incredible’ one-two result.

Hamilton had another dramatic race, and like a lot of runners (except most noticeably team-mate Jenson Button) he opted to pit early on and switch to intermediate tyres. That decision proved to be a mistake, but he still managed to battle his way back up the order, eventually finishing just 1.5 seconds off P1.

“First of all, congratulations to Jenson – he did an incredible job and made an excellent tyre choice in what were very tricky conditions this afternoon,” said Hamilton. “It was very tough at the start – it started to rain right away, and it was a difficult call to decide to pit for intermediate tyres. I made a very late call when I thought I’d heard a comment over the radio, and pulled into the pits when I was halfway round the final corner!

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t the right choice – the tyres started graining almost immediately and I needed to stop again, this time for dry tyres. But, after that, I got my head down and made up a lot of positions before the rain got heavier.

“Towards the end of the race, my tyres really weren’t in good shape. So, while I was able to get past a lot of cars, I wasn’t able to catch Jenson. But we both had an absolutely fantastic afternoon, and I think the whole team deserves this incredible one-two result.”

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tyres are his biggest problem. he needs to drive more smoothly to get big win ( constructive critasism)

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but needs to burn tyres to overtake :p

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That would suggest he needs to qualify better!!

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But that’s who he is. The tyre choice is what fudged up his race and sent him to the middle of the pack, therefor haveing to burn more tyres for him to overtake.

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If he qualifies better he should be able to pull out a gap. If he needs to make a stop before he can do this He has no hope of being champ this season. On that logic, He needs to adapt his driving style to suit the conditions i.e. he needs to look after his tyres…Button will stay No.1 in team if Hamilton doesn’t adapt…

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^ I hope Button does stay No. 1 in Mclaren. He has shown his quality and worth as world champion. He can make good decisions in hectic situations in a calm and clear manner, unlike Lewis and that dramatic very late decision to pit for tyres.

Just goes to show he’s state of mind. Then again he is going through rough times with his father/family for watever reason. Problems with the woman perhaps?

I dont want Hamilton to win this year, being a ferrari fan naturally I would prefer Alonso or Massa, but I would equally be pleased if Button won teh championship.

Here’s hoping to more bad decisions on Lewis’s part :cheers

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The tire strategy stuffed up most drivers. From now on most teams will pit when Button does, as he seems to be making the best calls on tires.

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well, why don’t you try looking after your tyres instead of trying to disintegrate them?

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he made a mistake width Vettel, and width Webber, and the pit-stop entry, and….

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he always has an excuse…and always bends the rules like in malaysia with petrov and that late pit manouver which cost vettel time on the way in and the way out dock hamilton points. jenson is winning by driving by the book using his skill.
Well done to jenson although i think vettel is the fastest hes unlucky though GO VETTEL

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Here is a question.

Will Lewis be penalised for that late manouvere to the pits? He was half way around the last corner which means in order to make the pit-lane he would’ve had to go

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^^…continued….he would’ve had to go slightly against traffic, and in F1 that can be potentially very dangerous. Apologies for half comments, a house-mate needed the PC for a little bit.

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a bit of subject but what alonso did to massa in the pits was wrong

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Well I don’t know, Hamilton did the same to Vettel. I think that’s just racing.. Bigger question – How did the team manage the tyres if Alonso got the jump on Massa coming into pits? Good Question asked by another post!

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will he get a penalty for him and vettel dueling in the pit?plz reply

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Насчет тонкого юмора поняли… А бывает толстый юмор?
девушка от меня ушла

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