Lewis Hamilton finished 7th in IndiaOctober 30th, 2011
I guess it was another one of those races, where things just didn’t work out in favour for Lewis. Hamilton lost a place to Massa in the first lap and only managed to hold the gap at around 2 seconds. Then on a new set of tyres Lewis seemed to be faster and Massa made a slight mistake allowing Hamilton to be within the DRS zone. Then as Lewis was about to overtake Massa closed the door and they collided. Massa got a drive-through penalty but it cost Lewis much more time as he had to get a new nose.
The new circuit itself looked very good and seems to flow really well. I think the race in India is only going to get better. Hopefully they’ll get rid of that dust to give the drivers more possibilities to overtake rather than worrying about their tyres.
Lewis Hamilton’s comments after the race:
The contact with Felipe [Massa] was just one of those things. I really didn’t feel like I was at fault – it was a racing incident.
On the grid, just before the one minute’s silence, he and I were standing next to each other and I put my arm around him and told him: ‘Have a great race today.’ I’ve still got great respect for him.
During the race, it felt like there was a vibration in the car through the right-handers: it felt like the floor was scraping on the ground, in fact. I was pushing as hard as I could, but couldn’t find the performance, so we’ll have to look into that.
It’s been an eventful year, but there are more races ahead and I’ll try to score as many world championship points as possible in both of them. Jenson did a great job today, so clearly we were quick enough. I just need to try to pick up on that for the next race.