Hamilton: I got it wrong

PUBLISHED: 11:22 11 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton driving at the Istanbul Speed Park Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton driving at the Istanbul Speed Park Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

LEWIS Hamilton has admitted he chose the wrong type of tyre for the third part of qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.

The Tewin race secured third place on the grid for today s race in Istanbul.

However, the 23-year-old Herts hero has revealed that his

Lewis Hamilton

LEWIS Hamilton has admitted he chose the wrong type of tyre for the third part of qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.

The Tewin race secured third place on the grid for today's race in Istanbul.

However, the 23-year-old Herts hero has revealed that his decision to go with the harder of the two Bridgestone tyres was a mistake.

"It was a tough qualifying session for me," said Hamilton.

"Obviously at the beginning I had a fantastic lap in Q1.

"In Q2 I struggled a little bit on the option tyre and therefore I opted for the prime tyre as I thought perhaps it would be a more consistent tyre, especially through the lap. I guess I made the wrong decision."

Despite that, Hamilton was still only a fraction away from a front row start after recording an impressive lap on the prime tyre.

He said: "It was not too bad. I struggled in my first Q3 lap, it was terrible. I think I was in the 1:29s.

"The second one for sure was an improvement but still it was not quick enough."

However, the Herts driver does feel the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has the race pace to challenge Ferrari today.

"I think we have got a good package this weekend and as myself and Heikki (Kovalainen) have shown we are up there with the Ferraris and I think we should be able to push them hard in the race."

Hamilton is currently second in the championship nine points behind Kimi Raikkonen.


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