Sunday, August 26, 2007

Don't worry, said Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton insisted his Turkish Grand Prix puncture was just a minor setback in the championship, that was to be expected. The McLaren driver saw his right-front tyre fail just before his second pit stop on the opposite side of the Istanbul circuit. He crept back to the pits and only lost two positions - eventually finishing fifth.

"It was a bit unfortunate but the team did a fantastic job all weekend," said Hamilton. "We had the pace of the Ferraris all race, but when you're behind them you lose aerodynamics and are just matching them. I saw some bits flying off the car and then I went into the gravel. I couldn't stop the car, so I had to try not to go too quick, but keep the car out of the barrier and on the track to get back to the pits." "It's just a little bit of a problem, you always have setbacks and we won the last race and we still have five races, so it's not over, don't worry," he insisted. Hamilton saw team mate Fernando Alonso pass him to finish on the podium and cut his championship lead down to five points.

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