Hamilton: It was gutting when the car stopped, I was cruising
23 September, 2012
Sep.23 (Apex) Lewis Hamilton did not put a foot wrong all weekend, yet he was forced to trudge away from his McLaren after it coasted to a halt while he comfortably led and controlled the Singapore Grand Prix.
Utterly dejected Hamilton climbed out of his stricken car, and reluctantly walked off the centre stage of Marina Bay Street Circuit which he had occupied since the previous evening when he powered to his 24th F1 career pole position in dominant style.
Speaking after his retirement, Hamilton said, “I’m OK now. It was gutting when the car stopped, I was cruising. I was managing the gap and could have pushed more, I had the pace. I think today would have been an easy win.”
“Nonetheless, that’s not the case. The Red Bulls did a good job, Jenson too. We’ve got six races left and I need to keep wishing. I need to win the rest of them. I won’t give up, I’ll keep pushing to the end. This makes it a lot harder, but as I said, we’ve still got six races to go,” observed the 2008 world champion.
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh reflected on the the disappointment, “Gearbox failure. We don’t know what, probably something happened in the diff. It’s really disappointing. He had good pace, he was looking after his tyres and doing everything that should have brought victory. It’s a gutting evening. It’s tough, but we’ve got six races left, we know we’ve got a good car and a strong team. We’ll battle on in Suzuka which is a very different circuit and one we hope we’ll be strong at.”
Hamilton dropped from second in the championship standings before the race to fourth, with a 52 point deficit to points leader Fernando Alonso.
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