Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Suzuka, 2012

Hamilton: “I was nowhere” after set-up change

2012 Japanese Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Suzuka, 2012Lewis Hamilton said a change in set-up on his car caused the handling problems which left him languishing in ninth on the grid.

“That was just one of those days,” he said after qualifying. “We had a bit of a problem, I think it was P2, with the set-up. We had a lot of understeer. So we changed it for P3, which was much more front-end but oversteery.

“So we opted to go back – well, I opted to go back – and unfortunately it didn’t work.”

“Yeah I really felt great in the car all weekend,” he added. “It was literally just we made some set-up changes going into this session and I had everything I could to get the car to turn in, it just wouldn’t turn in any more than it was.”

He said the yellow flags due to Kimi Raikkonen’s spin were not a major problem for him: “I was nowhere anyway.”

Hamilton was downbeat on his prospects for the race: “With the pace that I have, who knows. You never know what’s going to happen in the race. The long-run pace wasn’t bad yesterday but the car… I’m going to struggle with it, but I’ll do what I can.”

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