Hamilton: Poor start cost podium finish in Indian GP

Lewis Hamilton says that poor race start cost his podium challenge for Indian Grand Prix. The Brit starts from third on the grid, but he fall down to fifth position following turn 4 in the opening lap of the race.

His team-mate Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso overtook him in the long-strait on the opening lap, but following few lap he overtook Jenson Button and regain the position.

Hamilton challenge with Red Bull’s Mark Webber in the final stint of the race for final podium place, but his penultimate lap mistake gives advantage for Webber , following 2008 world champion finished fourth place.

“It was a very, very tough race,” he told he told Sky Sports F1.

“Within the car it felt great, but it was so difficult – Red Bulls were so quick through the final sector but we were catching them around the rest.”

“I pushed every lap, right to the chequered flag as always, but more so it just felt fantastic to have that battle. It is just a shame I had one of my famous poor starts which put us on the back foot.

“If we had had a better start we had a chance of fighting for the lead, but those guys were faster than us so I probably would have lost time to them at some point – but even staying in my starting spot would have helped and perhaps I could have been fighting the Red Bull a little bit earlier.

“But then we had a steering wheel downshift failure and we had to change it during the race. I’ve never had that before – it was so quick! I just took it off before I even stopped, back on stuck it in first gear, boom it was gone.”

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