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Rosberg says Hamilton's mistake cost him

Teammate's error interrupted Rosberg on a fast lap
Saturday, June 21, 2014

 

21st June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Nico Rosberg said Lewis Hamilton’s accident at the end of Q3 cost him his second fast lap.

Towards the end of Q3 Hamilton’s rear tyres locked up which interrupted Rosberg’s second fast lap.

“That was not a great qualifying for us. I didn’t get the second quick lap in Q3 when Lewis spun in front of me at Turn 2 and I had to slow down for the yellow flags.” Rosberg said.

“from our point of view it makes life harder that the Williams are starting in front of us and I must say well done to them – they have been quick all weekend and took their opportunity today. But I am still feeling confident for tomorrow.”

The German felt his balance was perfect during the session but is hoping it will improve during the race.

“We have worked hard to find the best set-up for the race – my balance wasn’t perfect in qualifying, with a bit too much understeer, but I hope it will settle down tomorrow.”

“This track has a few good opportunities for overtaking and I think it’s going to be a very interesting race.”

Hamilton said he wasn’t sure what caused his incident and would have to look at the data.

The Briton was unable to set a lap during the session and will start ninth.

“My first lap in Q3 was looking good before I went wide in the second-to-last corner, and I think that lap would probably have done it.” Hamilton said.

“Then on the second run, I hit the brakes into Turn 2 and just locked the rears; I still need to look at the data to see exactly what happened. It’s a long race and I need to try and recover as much as I can from this loss.”.  

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