Lewis Hamilton blames "busted" car for spin

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.

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