Hamilton: I proved I can make tyres last
13 May 2012 – Lewis Hamilton fought back through the field to eighth place in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. Having qualified on pole before being disqualified last night, the 2008 Champion reached as high as four position prior to his first pit-stop. He was particularly pleased with his tyre-saving techniques, having pitted only twice.
Hamilton was thrown out of qualifying by the FIA stewards, who deemed that – with the car having stopped on the slowing-down lap – not enough fuel remained for a sample. At least one litre is required and, although there were 1.3 remaining, officials were unable to extract a sufficient amount.
“I’m proud of my performance today and proud of the team too,” he said. “They did a great job: a real improvement with the pit-stops, following our difficulties in that area recently. All in all, then, I think today’s result was the best we could do.
“I was the only driver to attempt a two-stop strategy and I’m glad I was able to made it work. People often say that I have an aggressive driving style, but my final stint on the Prime tyre was 31 laps, so I reckon I proved today that I can make tyres last.”
Team-mate Jenson Button finished further back, collecting two points for ninth.