Lewis Hamilton: Monza Isn't a Total Loss

Adam PooleAnalyst ISeptember 13, 2008

Although Lewis Hamilton's Italian Grand Prix weekend looks to be a loss after qualifying 15th with traction issues, the McLaren driver missed the cut in Q2 and ended up qualifying in his all-time lowest position after a fatal strategy mix-up.

Speaking about the decision to change from the "extreme wet" Bridgestone tires, Lewis said, "It was a joint decision to go out on wet-weather tyres at the start of Q2—partly mine and partly my engineers."

When Q2 started, the track was at it's best after a busy Q1, but Hamilton held back before heading out, and, just as he left the pits, the rain started pouring once more, and the track just got worse as the qualifying session went on.

Ever the optimist, Hamilton said, "It’s the first time this has happened to me in Formula 1, so I can’t really complain. Tomorrow’s another day and we still have a fighting chance to make our way up the grid."

Only time will tell if the Brit has any chance of pulling back from this disastrous session, one that his teammate, Heikki Kovalainen, did well in by finishing second on the grid.

Tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix has been forecast as a dry one, but until the time is upon us, no one can be certain. McLaren boss Ron Dennis wasn't expecting it to be as wet today and told British ITV, "We were caught out by a less than fully accurate weather forecast."

Will this be the case tomorrow, will it be a dry race, or will Lewis return to his usual wet-weather form? Watch the race tomorrow and find out; my full race report will follow tomorrow.