Lewis Hamilton’s sudden tyre failure robbed the Englishman a certain podium finish, a sad outcome given that the Briton drove an excellent – a more importantly, clean – race to run ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s much quicker Red Bull.
Running in second place after a hard-fought race in which he leapfrogged Vettel, the 2008 Champion suffered what is believed to be a left-front puncture and speared straight into the Turn 3 tyre belt.
"It was very disappointing," a still-positive Lewis told reporters after the race. "It was quite a good race for me – I had really good fun out there and it’s nice to take a step forward. It would have been [a perfect result] for the team, in terms of the Constructors’ Championship and also for the Drivers’, but I don’t know what [the failure] was.
"I was just cruising the finish line, really. To catch up with Mark (Webber) was just impossible, really, but I’m absolutely blown away that something like that can happen in the last two laps – anyway, that’s motor racing and you just have to keep your chin up," he added philosophically.
A great shame for Lewis after such a promising weekend!
The loss of points means Lewis (49 points and seventh in the standings) now trails championship leader Jenson Button 21 points.
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