Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2013

Problem with car caused spin, says Hamilton

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2013Lewis Hamilton said the car problem he reported during qualifying led to his spin during his final lap.

After his first run in Q3 Hamilton asked his team to “check my floor when I come in”. He was told they hadn’t seen anything suspicious on his car’s telemetry and he went out for a final run, only to spin between turns 13 and 14.

“For some reason something gave way on the right side of the car,” Hamilton told Sky afterwards. “I was going through the chicane and I got the power and it just snapped out. And then I tried to pull away and it wouldn’t move so something’s busted.”

After qualifying Mercedes posted on Twitter: “We can confirm there was a technical problem with [Lewis’s] car, as he suspected.”

Hamilton has doubts about how much progress he can make from fourth on the grid in the race: “This is a very difficult circuit to overtake [on] so being at the front means everything here.”

“But hopefully we can get a good start like we did in Japan or something like that and we can still challenge for positions. I’m just grateful that we didn’t drop down too far.”

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