Lewis Hamilton finished 8th in MalaysiaApril 10th, 2011
Today was just one of those days. It’s never satisfying to start second and finish seventh, but that’s racing. We just have to take it on the chin and move on from it.
At the start, I was on the outside going into the first corner, I got squeezed and it was difficult to defend without risking hitting Jenson or Nick [Heidfeld]. Then, during the race, my tyres kept dropping off; we pitted earlier than was optimal, and ran out of tyres at the end. I’d hoped to make the end of the race on a set of used Primes, but they didn’t last so we had to pit right at the end of the race.
There were a lot of factors that made this afternoon very difficult: the delay at the pitstop, being chased by a couple of cars when I was trying to look after my tyres, and being hit from behind by Fernando [Alonso]. I think he got a bit too close, and, when he pulled out, he just clipped me with his wing and broke my car’s rear floor. I don’t how much downforce that lost me.
Today wasn’t the greatest of days, but I’m going to China aiming to win; I’m only looking forwards.
The 2011 race in Malaysia went from bad to worse: Lewis was demoted from 7th to 8th: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/13029061.stm