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Hamilton loses ground at home

Monday, July 09, 2012    

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SILVERSTONE, England (CMC) — Briton Lewis Hamilton failed in his home grand prix when he finished eighth at Silverstone here yesterday.

Red Bull's Mark Webber, who started from second on the grid, won the event in a time of one hour, 25.11 minutes, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third.

The 25-year-old Hamilton started from eighth on the grid but struggled for pace and ended with just four points to slip further back in the Formula One drivers standings.

"It wasn't a great race for me. I just wish we could have done more for the fans today," lamented the McLaren driver whose paternal grandparents hail from the Caribbean island of Grenada.

"We tried as hard as we could, but we simply didn't have the pace this afternoon. My tyres were still good at the end of my first stint. I raced my heart out and was flat-out right to the end.

"We're still in the hunt for the world championship and, if we can find a bit of lap-time, we can stay in the hunt."

With his latest disappointment, Hamilton is now fourth in the standings on 92 points, well adrift of leader Alonso with 129.

Webber is second on 116 points.

Hamilton will turn his attention to the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim in two weeks time.

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