Hamilton 'proud' of team performance
28 October 2012 – Lewis Hamilton was in a positive frame of mind after Sunday's race at the Buddh International Circuit, despite missing out on a podium finish. The Briton was forced to change his steering wheel after an early downshift issue, but recovered in his second stint to cross the line within a second of third place man Mark Webber.
"I don’t yet understand why I got such a poor start, it lost me ground and then I fell under attack from the guys behind," said Hamilton. "Even if I’d had a better start than I did, the guys in front were still maybe a bit too fast, particularly in the first stint.
"During that first stint I started having a downshift problem - I was having to change down with my right hand instead of my left, so the team elected to change the steering wheel at the pitstop. I took the wheel off before I’d stopped the car, and threw it out. The team then fitted a new one, I clicked it into first gear, and I was away - all in just a bit over three seconds flat.
Speaking of his late surge, Hamilton added that he gave it his all to catch Webber:
"I tried to chase down Mark in the closing laps, but by then it was too late and he was going too quickly for me to be able to mount a serious challenge," Hamilton explained, having cut the gap to seven tenths of a second. "But I never give up and, right until the very last corner, I thought I might just be able to catch him, but it wasn’t to be.
"Still, I loved it out there today - I can’t remember the last time I’ve pushed so far, so hard, for so long, right on the limit - it felt great. It felt fantastic, in fact, to be in the middle of such a battle. I’m so proud of all the guys, it was a really great race."