Hamilton 'ragged the life out of the car'

By on Saturday, October 13, 2012

Lewis Hamilton claims that he extracted every last tenth out of his McLaren MP4-27 during qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

Hamilton qualified in third position, the best non-Red Bull driver on the grid.

"It’s been quite a tough weekend in terms of getting a fast lap-time out of the car, so third on the grid is very satisfying", he said.

"In Q3 I’ll happily admit that I ragged the life out of the car and got everything from it, yet Mark [Webber] and Seb [Vettel] both claim they had a little bit left over. We’ll see. Anyway, Jenson showed yesterday that our long-run pace is promising, so I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow".

Hamilton took pole in Korea twelve months ago, but was overtaken on the first lap by Sebastian Vettel.

"Beating the Red Bulls will be about making a good getaway, making all the right strategy calls, and not making any mistakes. There’ll be good opportunity for slipstreaming into the first few corners at the start too. I’ll be going all-out for the win tomorrow".

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