Hamilton 'exhausted' after Korean struggle

By on Sunday, October 14, 2012

Photo credit: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton admitted that the Korean Grand Prix left him 'exhausted' after a struggling run to tenth place.

Hamilton battled a car problem for most of the race that left his McLaren struggling.

"I’m exhausted. I was told after the race that my car had suffered a rear anti-roll bar failure a few laps into the second stint", he said.

"It was safe to drive – and I was trying my best with it, pushing all the way – but it was extremely hard to maintain a good pace. The balance was switching from corner to corner, the car was moving around along the straights, and it was eating up the tyres, which meant we lost further ground by being forced onto a three-stop strategy".

Hamilton's problems were exacerbated by picking up a strip of astroturf as he attempted to find a way past the Toro Rossos.

"To make things even more difficult, I then picked up some stray run-off Astroturf, which tangled itself around my sideboard winglet for the final few laps. It stalled the diffuser – so I had no rear downforce at the end, which made it even trickier to hang on to 10th place".

Hamilton also admitted that the championship is a long shot, although his tenth place - which he narrowly won after a last lap defensive showing against Sergio Perez - means McLaren is just one race shy of matching Ferrari's record of 55 consecutive points finishes.

"In terms of winning the world championship, logic suggests that that’s probably it for me. Having said that, there are a lot of points still up for grabs, so I’ll keep pushing. Stranger things have happened, and I’ll never give up."

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