Lewis Hamilton said he didn’t know why he spun off at turn two during his final flying lap in qualifying.
The Mercedes driver lost control of his car immediately as he began braking for the corner and spun into the run-off, missing out on his chance to claim a front-row starting position for tomorrow’s race.
“I can’t really [explain what happened],” Hamilton told reporters after qualifying. “I spun: hit the brakes and just locked the rears so not really sure. I have to look at the data to see exactly what happened.”
Asked how easy it will be to make progress from ninth on the grid in tomorrow’s race Hamilton said: “I don’t know, I’ve never raced here before so we’ll find out.”
“It’s not got that many corners but it’s got long straights and we’ve got the best engine so hopefully I’ll be able to work my way up,” he added.
Hamilton’s team mate Nico Rosberg said his final flying lap was compromised by Hamilton’s spin.
“I also lost out on that last lap because of Lewis spinning in front in the corner so I couldn’t do that lap because you have to lift off two-tenths of a second,” he said.
“And doing that, to do at least two tenths you have to do three tenths and it’s just wouldn’t have been possible to improve on my lap time so I backed out of it. So that definitely cost me today so that’s the way it is.”
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