Lewis Hamilton blames brakes for missing pole at United States Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP prepares to drive during practise for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 15, 2014
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Lewis Hamilton bemoans his brake problems after missing out on pole to Mercedes teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg at the United States Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that a brake problem prevented him from competing with Nico Rosberg for pole position at the United States Grand Prix.

Rosberg will start ahead of his Mercedes teammate and championship rival at the front of the grid in Austin, and Hamilton has admitted that his own brake issues meant that the German was simply "too quick".

"Nico did a great job, I really struggled with my braking, the left-front brake was always cooler than the right-front brake and it kept catching," Hamilton told Sky Sports News. "That's where I was losing time but even if that wasn't the case then Nico was perhaps too quick today.

"It wasn't the easiest of sessions. Once you lose your confidence on the brakes because you know it is going to lock then you are kind of stuffed. I tried to improve but ultimately I couldn't get close to Nico."

Rosberg trails Hamilton by 17 points in the drivers' standings ahead of Sunday's race.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain lifts up his winning trophy on the podium after the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on September 21, 2014
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