Lewis Hamilton says ‘jumping ahead of the queue’ definitely cost him

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Lewis Hamilton overtook several cars before starting his last Styrian Grand Prix Qualifying run. After the session he said this decision backfired.

Lewis Hamilton was the last runner to start the final out-lap, but he decided to overtake most drivers ahead of him, and start his final flying lap only behind Charles Leclerc.

The lap was ultimately slower than his personal best in Q3, even before he ran wide at the penultimate corner. After the session Lewis was asked if passing the cars had cost him some performance.

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“Yeah, definitely,” the Briton said.

“In hindsight… I knew that everyone was just going so slow, and I was worried about not having the tyres up to temperature.

“But I went on all the dirty lines, so was just picking up all the dirt on the tyres and then got a poor exit out of the last corner.

“Already by Turn 1 I was a tenth down and already by Turn 3 I was 0.2s down. So, no hope in that respect.

“Then I naturally tried to overdrive to gather that time loss back and it just didn’t work,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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