Hamilton laments 'bad call' to abandon lap
5 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he made a "bad call" by abandoning his final lap in Saturday's qualifying session for the British Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver had set the pace on the opening Q3 runs, but made a mistake when he went out for a second attempt and ultimately chose to abandon the lap.
Meanwhile, team-mate Nico Rosberg and four other drivers improved, pushing Hamilton down to sixth.
"I made a mistake today and pulled out of the lap when I should have kept going," said Hamilton.
"It was a tough qualifying with the changing conditions and we got through most of it really well, until the most important part. It was my decision, a bad call, and that decided my qualifying.
"I'm so sorry to have disappointed the fans here today as their support has been fantastic and I'll do what I can to have a great race for them tomorrow."
Hamilton, who admitted that the race will be another "damage limitation" exercise, is hoping for a similar start to the one that saw him rise five places on the opening lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.
"I need to have a start like I had in Austria two weeks ago and then do my best to get back to the front," he added. "You never know what might happen."