Hamilton confused by Intermediate struggle
7 July 2012 – Lewis Hamilton was left confused after suffering from a lack of grip in the action-packed final phase of qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday, the McLaren man explaining that he lacked confidence with the Intermediate tyre compound. As a result, the Briton will start his home race from eighth on the grid.
“So I had very little grip on the inters, having felt more confident on the Full Wets; obviously, we’ll have to try to analyse the problem overnight and hopefully fix it.”
Looking ahead to Sunday, Hamilton is hopeful of making significant progress.
“I want to give a shout-out to the fans,” he began. “They’ve been fantastic: very patient and so supportive. The cheers from the grandstands were spectacular. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a car on the front row for them, but we can still push tomorrow.
“Although eighth position isn’t the best place from which to be starting, it’s going to be a tough race and we’re not that far away.”