Depressed Hamilton laid the guilt at the door of traffic in Australia on Saturday after being eliminate from the second segment of the qualifying session ahead of tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix; as a result, the 2008 Champion, also that season’s pole and race winner at Albert Park, will start 11th for this year’s race. Having leaded second free practice to end Friday on top, Hamilton’s weekend took a turn for the inferior in the evening after performing a suffer exhaustion in his Mercedes hire car in front of race fans at Lakeside Drive, only to be stopped by police before seeing his car confiscated.
With failing tyres and traffic, Lewis was powerless to improve on his time in Q2 and exit the qualifying session early as a result. “Basically I came in early and went out early,” he explained to reporters in the paddock. “I then got traffic on my lap.
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