Lewis Hamilton confirmed that a ‘failure on the left-front corner’ of his McLaren MP4-25 was too blame for his retirement on the penultimate lap of the Spanish GP.
Lewis, who had managed to jump Sebastian Vettel at the first pit-stops, and who was running comfortably second, saw his race come to an abrupt end when a suspected rim failure sent him into the turn three tyre barrier with less than two laps to go.
Although he escaped unharmed, it’s still a blow to his championship aspirations. In fact, it leaves him 21 points off team-mate Jenson Button, who remains top heading to Monte Carlo and who finished fifth in Barcelona.
“Today, I was looking good to split the Red Bulls, and it would have been perfect for us in both world championships if I could have finished second this afternoon,” said Hamilton. “I was just nursing the car to the finish line, then I suddenly felt the steering go, and then there was immediately a failure on the left-front corner.
“I didn’t sense anything odd before the accident – the car was feeling great – so that’s why it was such a surprise. We don’t know what went wrong, but we’ll take everything back to the McLaren Technology Centre and work to find out.”