Hamilton worried about dirty side of grid
17 November 2012 – Lewis Hamilton has admitted that the dirty side of the race track could prove to be a problem when the Austin start lights go out for the first time on Sunday. The new Circuit of the Americas has been treacherously slippery, even on-line, all weekend.
“I’m not really concerned (about the first corner),” Hamilton said in the post-qualifying press conference. “It’s more about the dirty side. I did a (practice) launch in third practice and it was quite slippery, so I just hope for a good start.
“Turn 1 itself is wide so not much should go wrong there, but I could be wrong. I don’t want to get in Seb (Vettel)’s way but I do want to win this race.”
Hamilton’s last race victory came at Monza in early September. Since then, the 2008 Champion has dropped out of the lead in both Singapore and Abu Dhabi.