MONZA, September 8th, 2013 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - A weekend to forget for Lewis Hamilton who finished in ninth place due to radio errors, a slow puncture and a poor qualifying performance which saw him fail to get through to Q3 for the first time since the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix.
“That was a difficult weekend for me but these things happen and you have to say that it’s been a good year so far,” Hamilton said.
The Brit failed to get through to Q3 on Saturday after damaging the floor of his F1 W04 and being held up by Adrian Sutil.
“I gave it my all out there today; the pace of the car was great but unfortunately we paid the price for not qualifying far enough up the field.”
A radio failure at the beginning of the race made things worse for the Mercedes driver who was unable to hear advice from the team and was unaware that he had a slow puncture until after the race.
“I didn’t even know about the slow puncture until after the race,” he said.
Despite a tough weekend he said he enjoyed fighting with Kimi Raikkonen.
“I did have some fun this afternoon, particularly fighting with Kimi. It’s just tough fighting so far down the field when our car was clearly really quick”
Teammate Nico Rosberg fared better around Monza, finishing in sixth place and picking up six points for the team; though he felt they were unable to get the best out of the car.
“It’s a real shame as the pace of the car looked really good in the race but we weren’t able to take full advantage because of the issues from yesterday," Rosberg said
Looking ahead to the next race, Hamilton knows the team will pull together and go to Singapore ready to make up for their losses in Italy.
“We’ll keep pushing together as a team and I know that we’ll bounce back for Singapore. We’ll be giving it everything to make up for this weekend with a stronger performance there.”