Hamilton: 'We made a mistake with setup'

Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton says that setup mistakes cost him in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has said that that late changes to the setup of his McLaren cost him in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix earlier today.

The Briton could only manage the ninth-fastest time, while teammate Jenson Button posted the third-quickest lap, before being demoted to eighth for a gearbox penalty.

The 27-year-old told Autosport: "We just made a mistake and now we are stuck with it.

"I felt we had a great car all weekend, it was just the setup changes and then the car would not turn anymore. We were miles off and when you start you first lap you think 'damn, I wish I had gone the other way.'"

Hamilton believes that he will struggle to pick up places in the race.

The race gets underway at Suzuka tomorrow at 7am UK time, with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel on pole.

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