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Hamilton keeps hope alive after qualifying error

Sunday, July 06, 2014    

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SILVERSTONE, England (CMC) — A terrible miscalculation by Lewis Hamilton has left him sixth on the grid for today's British Grand Prix, dealing his title chances another serious blow.

The 27-year-old Brit was fastest in rain-hit final qualifying on Saturday but chose to abandon his final lap in slippery conditions only to watch from the pits as Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg capitalised on a dried out track to clinch pole.

Defending champion Sebastien Vettel of Red Bull will start from second, with McLaren's Jenson Button third.

"I made a mistake today and pulled out of the lap when I should have kept going," a devastated Hamilton said.

"It was a tough qualifying with the changing conditions and we got through most of it really well, until the most important part. It was my decision, a bad call, and that decided my qualifying."

The result has left Hamilton with much to do in Sunday's race if he is to get a decent result and stop Rosberg running away with the drivers' title.

He lies second in the standings with 136 points, 29 points adrift of Rosberg who will fancy his chances of increasing his lead.

Hamilton will take hope from his last outing in Spielberg where he started ninth for the Austrian Grand Prix but drove superbly to finish second.

"I need to have a start like I had in Austria two weeks ago and then do my best to get back to the front. You never know what might happen," said Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents are Grenadian.

"It's difficult when you're just out of the car to express your emotions and see the positive but I'll go back to the team and my family now and we'll build up for tomorrow from there."

Hamilton has not won at Silverstone, his home Grand Prix, since 2008.

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