Lewis Hamilton think his low-downforce set-up for the Italian Grand Prix might have paid off had he not crashed out on the first lap of the race.
Writing on his official website he said:
You can look at the numbers forever, but, at some point, you’ve just got to get in the car and drive it. After qualifying, maybe I felt it wasn’t the right way to go, but we had a look at how the race could have gone, and there were definitely some positives.
Mainly, I needed less fuel than the high-downforce cars, because I was carrying less drag, and, most importantly, I had the potential to pick off cars on the straights, because of my top-speed advantage.
That wasn’t guaranteed, of course, because we didn’t get to see how the car would be affected in the slipstream through the corners, but we saw in the race that it was pretty much a stalemate out there. I’d like to think that if I’d stayed in the race, I could have done some passing.
He added he’s put his collision with Massa behind him and is ready to move on to the next race at Singapore next week:
It’s one of those experiences that happens in motor racing sometimes. It’s always so disappointing, because your adrenalin is really flowing and then, immediately, it gets cut short right when you’re in the heat of battle.
But, like I say, these things happen – it’s not the first time my race has ended on the first lap, and it probably won’t be the last, unfortunately.
In bad situations – and they’ve happened to me before in my career – you need to soak up all the lessons that need learning. You absorb that information, put the bad experience to one side, use the benefits and just move on.
I got up on Monday morning and I was already focused on the next race, improving the car, and closing in on the world championship. You can’t dwell on the negatives – we are still in a good position, and we need to capitalise on that.
2010 Italian Grand Prix