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.
“I don’t really know what happened in Q3,” he said. “The Full Wets had been working really well, but, as the track gradually became less wet, I sought better grip and switched to the Intermediates - but we struggled to get enough temperature.
“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.”