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Lewis Hamilton has described the Korean Grand Prix as ‘one of the hardest races’ of his Formula 1 career. Furthermore, the outgoing 2008 World Champion has thanked McLaren for recognising his abilities to deal with a broken rear anti-roll bar as well as claiming that there is no tension between himself and team-mate Jenson Button.
As a result of the problem, Hamilton sunk back to tenth place and was set to overhaul the Toro Rossos of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne before running wide and picking up artificial grass, which hampered his handling.
“It's nice to be appreciated because I really didn't give up,” he told Reuters after receiving praise from Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh. “It was one of the hardest races I have ever had. The car was a disaster and...I was thinking people are just going to say I'm making an excuse again, but I really wasn't.
“I have not been distracted once this year...I am still 100 percent a part of this team, right until the last minute. People will continue to say there's a rift between me and Jenson (Button) and there honestly are no issues between us. We've been fantastic team-mates really. I have been a part of this team for several years and I have honestly got a great relationship. I think I am loved as much as I love the team. Hopefully.”
With four Grands Prix remaining in 2012, Hamilton lies fourth in the Drivers’ Championship and 62 points in arrears of leader Sebastian Vettel.
Also on Tuesday:
Button denies negative Hamilton comments
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|2012 South Korean Formula 1 Grand Prix|
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