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Formula One: Hamilton admits to blunder as Rosberg grabs first Silverstone pole

Published on Jul 5, 2014 11:25 PM
 
(From left) McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button, Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg and Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel celebrate in the parc ferme after the qualifying session at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 5, 2014 ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix. Hamilton admitted he made a mistake in choosing to abort his final lap and gift pole position to Rosberg on Saturday, July 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SILVERSTONE (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton admitted he made a mistake in choosing to abort his final lap and gift pole position to Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Briton qualified sixth after having appeared to have secured pole with less than minute remaining - when the last section of the circuit dried rapidly and offered big improvements in lap times.

"I made a mistake today and pulled out of the lap when I should have kept going," he conceded. "It was my decision, a bad call, and that decided my qualifying."

Hamilton had been slow in sector one and decided it was not worth pushing, so he aborted his lap just as his rivals sensed it was the moment to push faster on their slick tyres.

 
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