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GP Week : Issue 28
Hamilton “could have won” LEWIS Hamilton has claimed that his pace in wet conditions could have been enough to see him take a remarkable victory at the Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s race had begun in difficult circumstances after a combination of bad timing and the wrong tyres in qualifying had left him in 15th position on the grid. But in spite of his lowly starting slot, he raced superbly in the wet conditions on Sunday afternoon to sit second and on the verge of catching race winner Sebastian Vettel when he had to make his scheduled stop. “I felt I drove a really good race and was moving through the field very quickly when the circuit was at its wettest,” he said. “If it had kept on raining, I feel pretty confident I probably could have even won from 15th grid position; but, as the circuit dried out, my tyres overcooked and I had to defend my position from Mark Webber. Hamilton had to stop again to take on intermediate tyres, but insisted that, having finished just behind title rival Felipe Massa, things could have been a lot worse. “Still, today was all about damage control; I came away with some points and kept my lead in the world drivers’ BMW hails perfect race BMW has reflected on the Italian Grand Prix as working out “perfectly” for them, as Robert Kubica took the team’s 10th podium. With Nick Heidfeld also bringing home much needed points for the team, the result sees BMW maintain its strong standing in the constructors’ championship and keeps Kubica in the hunt for the drivers’ title. BMW Motorsport Director Mario Thiessen played tribute to his drivers … including Sebastien Vettel, who has had a long association with BMW both in junior formulae and Formula 1 as the then 20-year- old made his début with the squad at the 2007 US Grand Prix. “As expected, it was an action packed race,”he said, “but 28