24 Aug 2009

Hamilton has no hard feelings over pitstop blunder

2:38 pm on 24 August 2009

Formula One's world champion Lewis Hamilton refuses to blame McLaren for a pitstop blunder that cost him precious seconds and possibly victory in the European Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Briton turned his season around with a win in Hungary last month and started on pole in Valencia.

But he lost precious seconds at a second pitstop and finished 2.3 seconds behind Brazilian race winner Rubens Barrichello.

Hamilton says such mistakes are very rare and the team wins together and loses together.

Hamilton's boss, Martin Whitmarsh, says the team changed its mind after he had already reached the pit lane entrance and was committed to coming in, as previously instructed.

Whitmarsh says the confusion over refuelling wasn't Hamilton's fault and probably didn't cost McLaren the race.