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Hamilton’s incredible qualifying record ends at Monza

Sep 7, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

F1 Grand Prix of Italy - Qualifying Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton’s incredible record of sixty-seven consecutive top ten starts has come to a crashing end in Italy today after the British driver failed to make it out of Q2 for the first time since 2010.

Hamilton had comfortably made it through Q1, but he failed to get in a clean first lap in Q2 following a mistake on the exit of the high-speed Parabolica corner. After a run through the gravel, the Briton trailed pacesetter Sebastian Vettel by six seconds, but with time still left in the session he looked set to improve and do enough to make it into Q3. However, he could only go ninth with his first truly competitive time, and when the checkered flag fell he was stuck in the dropzone alongside former world champion Kimi Raikkonen. By failing to improve, Hamilton was left out of the top ten whilst more unlikely drivers such as Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg made it through.

Speaking to the BBC after qualifying, Hamilton said: “I just drove like an idiot, that’s the worst I’ve driven for a long, long time.”

However, he does believe that he was held up by Adrian Sutil during his final lap. Replays of the incident do appear to show the Force India driver causing Hamilton to slow down through Parabolica, costing the Mercedes some time. Although it may not have been a big incident, he only missed out on the top ten by two-tenths of a second.

The incident will be investigated by the stewards in Italy.

  1. Stephanie Stevens - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    n today’s age one is only as good as their last race except in the minds of Brit jurnos who feel the need to make excuses for lewis .
    From a sidebar on the BBC article about today’s shocker
    ” Well qualified
    Not since the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2010 has Hamilton failed to make the final part of qualifying – 67 races ago ”
    , but see the same thing has happened to Seb, Fernando, Kimi, Mark and others but in their eyes that was to be expected but now that it befell HIM the Brits will strive to make excuses, even though lewis maned up to not driving well by HIS own admission but on other sites I will be the ” bad girl ” merely by noting this unfortunate circumstance and be subjected to ridicule and derision .

    • apexassassin - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      wtf are you ragging on about?

      shit happens. Kimi at Spa – record over. Lewser at Monza – record over.

      that’s racing.

      • hughmaniv - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        I read some of your comments and you are spot on and then in your next comment you lose all credibility. Stop the personal attacks.

    • apexassassin - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Lol, maybe it’s ’cause he got back together with that transvestite Sherzinger and can’t stop thinking about it’s man-hands and adam’s apple.

      • hughmaniv - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        Hey jerk why don’t you keep you dumb ass negative comments/personal attacks in your mind so everyone doesn’t know how ignorant you truly are.

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