Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hamilton: I'll still attack despite grid-slot penalty

Saturday 28th March 2009

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to attack in Sunday's Australian GP despite starting the race from a lowly 15th place on the grid.

McLaren have wallowed near the back of the pack for much of this weekend's practices but showed an improved performance in Saturday's final session.

It all came to naught, though, as Hamilton's MP4-24 let him down after Q1, forcing him to sit out the second segment even though he had made it through.

"Something broke on the rear of my car on my second flying lap in Q1. I just lost all drive in the gearbox and couldn't continue," he explained.

Unfortunately for Hamilton the fault lay with his gearbox meaning the Brit needs a new one and as such will incur a five-grid slot penalty, putting him at the back of the pack.

"It was a gear failure and although we are allowed to change gears under the regulations, we will change the gearbox," said McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh.

But rather than become down about it, Hamilton has vowed to come out attacking in Sunday's 58-lap race.

"The team will look at the problem tonight and I'm determined to drive an attacking race - we'll have some fun from 15th tomorrow."

Hamilton also took the time to congratulate fellow Brit Jenson Button on his and Brawn GP's pole position, a remarkable feat for F1's newest team.

"My congratulations to Jenson and everyone at Brawn GP - they have done a fantastic job all weekend and have a lot to look forward to tomorrow," he said.

Source : Planet F1

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