Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2011

Hamilton believes he could have been on pole

2011 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2011
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2011

Lewis Hamilton believes he lost enough time to make the difference between pole position and second place.

Speaking after Sebastian Vettel beat him to pole position by one-tenth of a sceond Hamilton said: “That was an almost perfect lap ?ǣ I lost a tenth-and-a-half in Turn 14 ?ǣ so we?re much closer to the front than we?d anticipated, which is positive for us.”

Some forecasts have predicted rain during tomorrow’s race but Hamilton hopes they’re wrong: “It?s been dry for the past two days, so I hope it?s dry tomorrow.

“Being on the front row certainly helps when it rains, and it also gives us more opportunities to take a step forward.”

Hamilton added he expects they will have to make three tyre changes in a dry race.

Team mate Jenson Button also felt he could have done better in qualifying: “I had a touch more oversteer in Q3, but that?s the set-up direction I chose to take.

“The balance was pretty good, but I hurt the tyres a little bit too much in the final sector, and that left me in fourth.”

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