Hamilton apologises to Mercedes
7 September 2013 – Lewis Hamilton has publicly apologised to his Mercedes team after failing to make it through the second phase of Saturday's qualifying session at the Monza circuit.
Having been a prominent force during practice, Hamilton was a shock Q2 eliminee after damaging his floor in the Parabolica trap and later losing time behind Force India's Adrian Sutil, an incident that is currently being investigated by the stewards.
He will start Sunday's race from 12th, alongside the Lotus of Kimi Räikkönen.
"I just didn't get a lap together in Q2 today and it's hugely disappointing, not just for me, but also for the team," Hamilton explained to the gathered media. "I can only apologise to them as we had a quick car today. Qualifying has always been a real strong point for me but it really didn't come together this afternoon.
"Q1 was fine but I didn't do a good enough job in Q2. I came off at Parabolica on my first run which damaged the car and it was a downward spiral from there really. We will see what we can do from here tomorrow. I'll be pushing like hell to get a decent finish but there are a lot of quick cars ahead."
Nico Rosberg recovered from his FP3 gremlins to finish sixth in the sister Mercedes.