F1 champ Hamilton to start Monaco Grand Prix from back of the grid

PUBLISHED: 12:14 24 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

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WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton will start from the back of the Monaco Grand Prix grid after crashing out in qualifying yesterday. Hamilton lost his car s back end as he entered the Mirabeau hairpin in the first part of qualifying. He smashed into the tyre

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WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton will start from the back of the Monaco Grand Prix grid after crashing out in qualifying yesterday.

Hamilton lost his car's back end as he entered the Mirabeau hairpin in the first part of qualifying.

He smashed into the tyre wall, badly damaging the rear suspension of his McLaren MP4-24.

Hamilton was 16th in qualifying at that point but later needed a new gearbox, relegating him to last place.

"My race weekend for a win is for sure over," admitted Hamilton.

The 24-year-old F1 driver from Hertfordshire had looked good in all three practice sessions prior to Saturday lunchtime's qualifying.

Hamilton loves racing around Monaco's famous circuit, having won races in the Principality in F3 EuroSeries, GP2 and F1.

And he was gutted at losing control of his McLaren car at the entrance to Mirabeau.

"It's been tough. But you learn from these mistakes," he said.

"They are bound to happen. It's unfortunate it happens in the first part of qualifying but this is what makes you stronger."

Jenson Button will start today's grand prix from pole position and it is now the Brawn driver's race to lose, with overtaking at Monaco notoriously difficult.


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