Lewis Hamilton apologises to Silverstone supporters

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton sits in the pits during the first practice session of the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit on July 4, 2014
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton apologises to his supporters after a costly error during qualifying at the British Grand Prix saw him finish in sixth place.

Lewis Hamilton has apologised to his "fantastic" supporters after a costly error saw him finish qualifying in sixth place at the British Grand Prix.

The 29-year-old had top spot in his grasp, but he entered the pits rather than completing the wet course on the final lap feeling that he would be unable to improve his lap.

Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg swept through to take pole at Silverstone, while Hamilton dropped down to sixth.

"I made a mistake today and pulled out of the lap when I should have kept going," he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"It was a tough qualifying with the changing conditions and we got through most of it really well, until the most important part. It was my decision, a bad call, and that decided my qualifying.

"I'm so sorry to have disappointed the fans here today as their support has been fantastic and I'll do what I can to have a great race for them tomorrow."

McLaren's Jenson Button completed the top three, while Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP prepares to drive during practice for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 14, 2014
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