Singapore Grand Prix Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton explains the race retirement due to gear-box failure. After the retirement instantly Hamilton’s radio hints that McLaren was tending a problem, possibly following he touched the wall in Q3 yesterday?
2008 world champion’s DNF cost his driver championship standing; he has dropped from second to fourth in the title standing.
“We have this thing in our car which, when you shift, has a seamless gearshift,” Hamilton explained to Sky Sports.”
“It’s such a smooth gear change. Eventually I lost those shifts and it basically then comes as quite an aggressive shift. So I told the team, ‘I’ve lost my e-shifts’ and they said that I should be able to see it to the end of the race. Then I lost third gear and all of the gears went, so it was a gearbox failure for sure.
“I was (hugely disappointed) when I got out of the car, but that’s motor racing and (pause) you know, we had the pace this weekend and it was quite easy in the position we’re in.”
“So I think it would have been (smiles) a nice result for us but, nonetheless, we’ve still got more races to go. We really couldn’t afford today, but it is what it is. The good thing is that we have the pace and so I’ve got to go and try and win the next few races.”