Lewis Hamilton has candidly admitted that he simply wasn’t quick enough when it counted during qualifying, having found himself a surprise elimination from the second qualifying period.

The 2008 World Champion had looked impressive in the practice session – he was my best bet for pole, how wrong was I! – but his pace simply evaporated when it counted and he will line up 11th for tomorrow’s race.

“I wasn’t fast enough,” Hamilton said to the BBC. "I feel I got everything out of the car, I just really didn’t have any more grip out of the tyres … [but] we can still have a good race tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis was also asked if his incident with the Melbourne constabulary on Friday had affected his concentration today.

“It was something you learn from and I don’t think it has particularly affected today. I think the weather, I don’t know if I got the right heat into the tyres or not, but Jenson [Button] is doing a good job at least.”

[Original image via GP Update]

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