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Hamilton close, but not enough

The Briton was once again within striking distance from Red Bull and its marvel the RB8 driven by no other than speedy Vettel. Teammate Button did not make it to Q3.
Saturday, November 17, 2012

November 17th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- This is seem to be the same script we are having lately. It’s either Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel who earn ‘pole’ with the rest of the grid honestly fighting for lower positions.

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Out of the last seven races, only once Mark Webber was able to steal the premium starting position from those two, and we are pretty sure the RB8 had a lot to do with that (but of course the Aussie is an excellent driver)

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This time around, Vettel was simply too much and even though Hamilton put on his best effort, it was not enough and now he has to be content with a first row start, just a little behind the German.

At times, it looks like the Briton is the only really capable of opposing Vettel in speed, especially in a one-lap showdown.

“I came here this weekend to push almost beyond the limit – and that approach seemed to work in qualifying. I gave it everything.

“I did two consecutive quick-laps – and, on my second lap, having put in a ‘banker’, I didn’t really have anything to lose, so I went almost over the limit, really on the edge, but the car still seemed to handle it well. On the final corner, I gained a little time on the entry but lost it on the exit. I got every corner perfect, I reckon, except for that last one.

“Looking ahead to tomorrow, Turn One is very wide and there’ll be lots of opportunities for drivers to make or lose positions. My side of the grid will be a bit dirty, because it’s off-line, so I hope the authorities will cleaning the circuit on that side of the track so that the drivers on the inside will have a chance to at least keep their positions at the start.” The 2008 Champion said.

On the other hand, Hamilton’s teammate, Jenson Button had a technical problem than prevented him from make it to Q3.

“It was such a pity to be put out of the running so early into the qualifying session. We had a throttle pedal problem – the engineers don’t yet know exactly what caused it – but I suffered a loss of drive out on the circuit. Fortunately, I got one decently quick lap in during Q2, which was good enough for P12, otherwise I’d have been starting much farther back.

“This circuit is such a fun place to drive around, but it’s not going to be too easy to overtake. Going into Turn One at the start is also going to be tricky, particularly as I’ll be starting so far back.

“Still, I really hope we can put on a great show for all the American fans – it’s great to see so many people embracing the sport.” Jenson Button said.

Jenson Button on Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas.

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