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GP Week : Issue 174
TWILIGHT: BREAKING DOWN 28 GPWEEK.com // 28 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Lewis Hamilton is gutted, after mechanical issues once again denied him a race win. Having won around the Yas Marina circuit in 2011, the 26-year old’s fondness for the track was plain to see from the outset of the weekend as he was in a class of one for the duration of free practice and qualifying. He was comfortably fastest in the first and third free practice sessions and went on to achieve a dominant pole position - his sixth of the season – in twilight conditions on Saturday evening. After a clean start, the race win looked to be Hamilton’s for the taking until, on lap 20, a fuel pressure problem spelled the end of his race. “I’m gutted; I’d had really good pace all weekend and I feel certain we could have won today,” said Hamilton. “I had a fuel pressure problem – it was very sudden. I was just entering a corner and the car just died on me.” He added: “The only mistake I made all weekend was having a brief moment on lap two, when my brakes weren’t fully up to temperature and I locked up into Turn 8. After that, however, everything was going really well. The car was a dream to drive – I was cruising and still pulling away when I had my problem. Hamilton has two more races with the McLaren team, with which he began his Formula One career, before switching to Mercedes AMG Petronas in 2013 and he’s keen to end his long-running relationship with the Woking-based outfit on a high. “We’ll have more opportunities in Austin and Sao Paulo,” said Hamilton. “I hope we can get back to the front – I’d love to take a win or two more for the team before the end of the season.” F1 >>> U.A.E