• Japanese Grand Prix

Hamilton laments nightmare weekend so far

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton has been fighting an ear infection too © Getty Images
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Lewis Hamilton said the Japanese Grand Prix had so far been one of the worst weekends of his season.

Hamilton crashed during Friday practice and then had to take a gearbox change on Saturday, dropping him to eighth on the grid after setting the third fastest time in Sunday's qualifying.

"It's been one of the worst weekends we've had so far," he told BBC Sport. "It feels like it's all come over one weekend as well.

"The mistake on Friday didn't help and then of course the gearbox change was a bit frustrating for us all. The guys did a great job to put the car back together and I am just happy I got out and did a good job in qualifying. I have been fighting this ear infection all weekend and so it has not been the best of times."

He said that third behind the Red Bulls was the best he could possibly have hoped for and praised his team for their hard work.

"We knew this weekend they [Red Bull] would be competitive and it's not been the best of weekends for us.

"The guys back at the factory are working so hard to bring updates and unfortunately one of them we were not able to work with today, it needs a bit more time, but the guys did a fantastic job to get updates here."