F1: Hamilton writes off his Monaco Grand Prix chances after qualifying crash

PUBLISHED: 12:38 24 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

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WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton has written off his chances of winning today s Monaco Grand Prix after crashing out in qualifying. The 24-year-old McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts was hoping for a return to podium form around the streets of Monte Carlo in

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WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton has written off his chances of winning today's Monaco Grand Prix after crashing out in qualifying.

The 24-year-old McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts was hoping for a return to podium form around the streets of Monte Carlo in today's race, which is regarded as the jewel in F1's crown.

His car went well in all three practice sessions, with the low-speed corners suiting the MP4-24's set up.

However, a crash in the first session of qualifying yesterday (Saturday) punctured Hamilton's chances of a strong grid position.

Lewis broke his rear suspension after smashing into the tyre wall at the entrance to the Mirabeau hairpin and he was demoted to last place on the grid after needing an unexpected gearbox change.

With overtaking extremely difficult around the narrow and twisty street circuit lined with barriers, Hamilton has no chance of repeating last season's success in Monaco, as he freely admitted.

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

Runaway championship leader Jenson Button - the apparent heir to Hamilton's F1 throne - claimed his fourth pole position of the season in qualifying and bids for his fifth grand prix victory of the season this afternoon.


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