Lewis Hamilton has admitted that his decision not to fit the ‘F-duct’ to his McLaren for qualifying has backfired, after struggling to match the pace of the leading cars. Hamilton qualified in fifth position for Sunday’s 53-lap race.
“I think potentially it had quite a big impact on the end result,” Hamilton mused after qualifying. “I’m quite disappointed, I think, with fifth place.
“We chose to go with the lighter downforce level, which doesn’t have the F-duct, and the car is sliding everywhere so I struggled quite a lot on each tyre and I just didn’t have the downforce.”
It will be very interesting to compare the relative pace of Hamilton and Button in the race on Sunday. Hamilton will be blisteringly quick through the straights, but will lack the mid-corner grip that Button will have in spades.
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