Lewis Hamilton blames "busted" car for spin

Lewis Hamilton takes a break during the qualifying session at Hungaroring on July 27, 2013
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Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton blames a mechanical fault for the spin which cut his qualifying performance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix short.

Lewis Hamilton has blamed a mechanical fault for a spin which cost him the chance to clinch pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver had posted a time good enough to start from fourth, but was on a faster lap when he spun late in today's qualifying session.

The 2008 world champion told Autosport: "Something gave way on the right-hand side of the car. I was going through the chicane and it snapped out. I tried to pull away and it wouldn't move, so something's busted.

"This is a very difficult circuit to overtake on so being at the front means everything. Hopefully we can get a good start and maybe still challenge for podium positions. I'm just grateful I didn't drop too far down."

Red Bull's Mark Webber will start from pole at tomorrow's race.

Sebastian Vettel waves to the crowd after qualifying first during the Formula One India Grand Prix on October 26, 2013
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