Hamilton admits struggle with brakes

By on Saturday, November 1, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton admitted that he struggled with the brakes on his Mercedes W05 Hybrid throughout qualifying for the United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who topped all three practice sessions, was unable to match Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Q3 and had to settle for second position, 0.376s behind his rival.

While admitting that Rosberg was quicker, Hamilton believed that his brake issues accentuated his struggles.

"Nico did a great job," said Hamilton, who won the event in 2012.

"I was struggling with braking. The left brake was always about 100 degrees less than the right, and kept catching, no matter what I did - even if I braked earlier, it was still locking.

"Perhaps that's where I lost a lot of the time.

"Even if that was the case Nico was quicker today. Potentially [the brakes are] a problem for the race so we need to see if they can scrub them down or something."

Hamilton currently leads Rosberg by 17 points in the fight for the title.

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