By Alex Kapadia
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton was fuming after a ‘poor’ tyres strategy and a string of mistakes and decisions saw him start the Malaysian Grand Prix in second place and finish in ninth.
The McLaren racer blasted his team for sending him out on the wrong tyres and branded the day ‘a disaster’.
“It was a shocking race, absolutely shocking,” he fumed. “I started second and finished seventh. The strategy and the pit stop mistake didn’t help. I stopped too early and twice went on the wrong tyres.”
The race started badly for Hamilton when Renault driver Nick Heidfeld got the jump on him at the lights and Red Bull’s ace Sebastian Vettel stormed to a nine-second lead.
Then the smallest of slips by a mechanic in his second pit stop cost Hamilton three seconds and team mate Jenson Button roared past into second.
And 10 laps from the flag Fernando Alonso skidded into Hamilton’s rear and it was the McLaren man who came off worst. Race officials investigated the clash and gave both drivers a 20-second penalty – which saw Hamilton drop to eighth place.
Hamilton said: “We were good at one stage and it just went downhill – a disaster.
“For the last stint I had an old prime tyre which didn’t last and I had to pit again. We had a very poor strategy but there was nothing I could do.”
Meanwhile Button’s ability to take care of his tyres saw him finish in second place behind Vettel and collected 18 points.