Hamilton disappointed with qualifying lap

PUBLISHED: 19:15 10 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton driving in Turkey Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton driving in Turkey Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

LEWIS Hamilton was disappointed with his performance in today s qualifying for Sunday s Turkish Grand Prix. The Herts driver was third fastest this afternoon behind the Ferrari of Felipe Massa, last year s winner in Istanbul, and McLaren team-mate Heikki

Lewis Hamilton's McLaren from above

LEWIS Hamilton was disappointed with his performance in today's qualifying for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix.

The Herts driver was third fastest this afternoon behind the Ferrari of Felipe Massa, last year's winner in Istanbul, and McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen.

The Finn clocked the second quickest lap in the third part of Saturday's qualifying with a time of 1 minute 27.808 seconds, just 191-thousandths of a second behind pole position.

Hamilton followed in third spot with a 1 min 27.923 secs, but felt he could have done much better and possibly grabbed pole.

He said: "I am not completely satisfied with third place today.

"I think I could have gone a bit faster and also didn't make the right tyre choice, as I was on the harder Bridgestone tyre for my final run."

The 23-year-old from Tewin was third fastest in the opening qualifying session.

"I did a great lap in Q1 and felt the car worked better there than in Q2, which was why I made the tyre decision I did," said Hamilton.

"My final lap wasn't that great either, so all in all I am a bit disappointed.

"However, looking forward we have a very good technical package and will push hard tomorrow to fight for a good result.

"I think we are close to Ferrari, but it will be a tough race."

Hamilton thinks F1 fans could be in for a thrilling grand prix on Sunday.

"As this circuit provides some overtaking opportunities, it should be a good one for the spectators and the fans as well," he said.

Norbert Haug, vice president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, added: "Positions two and three are a good basis for tomorrow's race, but of course ideally our aim was to start from the pole."

Hamilton is currently nine points behind Kimi Raikkonen in the race for the world title.


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