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.

Hamilton felt the decision not to run the F-duct has backfired By contrast, team-mate Jenson Button elected to fit the device and qualified on the front row, just a tenth slower than pole-sitter Fernando Alonso.

“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.

[Original image via LAT]

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