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'I just can't believe my luck' - Hamilton

ESPN Staff
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Lewis Hamilton was ahead of the two Red Bulls heading in to Turn 1 © Sutton Images
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Lewis Hamilton bemoaned his bad luck after a first-lap puncture ended his Japanese Grand Prix.

With both Red Bulls making poor starts, Hamilton was passing between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel on the run down towards Turn 1 when a slight touch from Vettel's front wing gave him a right rear puncture. Hamilton was forced to limp round for the whole lap but the damage sustained to his car eventually forced his retirement and he said he feels the team isn't getting the results it deserves.

"I had a great start; one of the best starts I had all year if not the best start," Hamilton said. "I went for the gap, I felt like I had a clear gap and then when I was going in to Turn 1 all of a sudden the rear tyre was down. I just can't believe my luck, but that's life.

"I feel for the guys and the team. They work so hard - the guys back at the factory - and as a team they've done so well, we should be getting the results but unfortunately luck has not been on our side."

Hamilton added that there was no way he could have continued with the damage the car had sustained.

"The floor was destroyed so I was a second and a half or two seconds down per lap. The car was pulling to the right anyway, so it's a good job they called me in."