Korean Grand Prix 2012: Lewis Hamilton concedes defeat in title race
Korean Grand Prix 2012: Lewis Hamilton admits he is all but out of this year's title race after a disappointing 10th-place finish
Lewis Hamilton has conceded defeat in his bid to win this year’s drivers’ championship title after his disappointing 10th-place finish at the Korean Grand Prix.
The 27-year-old had started from third on the grid at Yeongnam but was passed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on the main straight of the first lap as he struggled with a rear suspension failure.
Hamilton is now 62 points behind new championship leader Sebastian Vettel with four races to go, and the British driver admits his hopes of winning the title are effectively over.
“We really struggled today,” said Hamilton, who has signed a three-year deal with Mercedes from 2013.
“The guys did a fantastic job in the pit-stops but I’ve just been told that in the first stint we had a rear suspension failure.
“They said it was safe for me to drive. I did ask [during the race] but I wasn’t expecting them to tell me.
“I was just fighting the whole way with the car. It’s real sad that we are pretty much out of the championship but sometimes these races show your true spirit within.”
Red Bull’s double defending world champion Vettel now leads the race for the title by six points, ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso and Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen.