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Lewis Hamilton: & # 34; Such days can decide the World Cup & # 34;

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Lewis Hamilton admits mistakes
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D ace leaves Red Bull Monza with more points than Mclaren, team boss Martin Whitmarsh would not have thought before the weekend in Italy. But after the retirement of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button's second place, the Bulls increased their lead in the championship standings from one to three points.

Especially the crash of Lewis Hamilton in the second chicane could have dramatic consequences for McLaren. 'The fight for the title is of course not over yet,' said Lewis Hamilton later. 'But on days like this and with mistakes like this one quickly loses the championship. Something like that can be decisive.'

Hamilton not satisfied with fourth place

It saw it initially it looks like Hamilton is on the rise. 'My start was actually quite good. I won a place and was fourth. In a perfect world, I should have stayed there for a while,' said the 2008 world champion, looking back on the first few meters. “But before the second corner I tried to position myself inside and fight for third place.”

In the battle with Ferrari driver Massa, Hamilton only left the field as the second winner. The collision with the Brazilian made the McLaren's suspension crooked. In the first Lesmo corner, the Englishman only went straight into the gravel. Hamilton didn't look long for someone to blame after the race.

Hamilton in the wrong place at the wrong time

'That was my mistake. I wanted to position the car for the corner, but I was too close to Massa. Just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We wanted to go around the corner together, but when he turned in, he damaged my suspension. I apologize to the team for the mistake. They have had the whole weekend did a good job. '

Actually, Hamilton would have loved to cheer teammate Jenson Button's victory. But he lost his lead at the pit stop to Fernando Alonso. 'I'm a bit disappointed,' said the reigning champion afterwards. 'You always want to be on the top step of the podium. But we couldn't quite keep up with the Ferrari pace today.'

Button strategy a mistake?

In the end there was a lot of debate as to whether the McLaren strategy was the right one. Button was called to the pits in front of Alonso, who then passed with a quick lap. 'Maybe that wasThe Englishman complained. But the team had the feeling that the hard tires were faster than the soft ones. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any grip on the new rubber and lost some time. When I saw Fernando appear right in front of me , I was very disappointed. '

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh, however, did not want to speak of a wrong decision. 'In the end it didn't matter which strategy we chose. Fernando (Alonso) would have stopped by if Ferrari had made the pit stop in front of us. They just got the tires up to temperature faster than we did.'

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