Hamilton: Front-left brake wasn't working
23 August 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says faulty brakes hindered his chances of fighting for pole position during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver had to settle for second on the grid as team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg grabbed the top spot.
Hamilton struggled with a glazed front-left disc, resulting in his Silver Arrow pulling to the side under braking and running straight on.
"I had a glazed front-left brake," he said. "The car was pulling to the left, or the right, so I had to bring the braking zone back and was losing time.
"You need confidence in the brakes here; I just went straight on everywhere, the left brake just wasn't working."
Hamilton, who expects the problem to be resolved overnight, feels second could be a better place to start.
"I'm not disappointed today," the former World Champion went on to explain. "In previous years second was the best place to start from. Last year I was on pole and Sebastian [Vettel] blasted past me on the straight.
"I went in to qualifying not knowing whether the car would make it through, so I'm happy to be up here."