Lewis Hamilton plays down Abu Dhabi pole chance

"If we get pole it will be fantastic, but we shouldn't get our hopes up," says the McLaren driver.

updated: November 02, 2012 23:12 IST
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Abu Dhabi: Lewis Hamilton played down his chances of preventing Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel from claiming pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Despite topping the times after first practice and running only one-tenth of a second off the 25-year-old German's pace in the second session, Hamilton said he had struggled with his car, notably on the softer tyres.

He added that there had been no significant upgrades for his McLaren car and that his only real hope of taking pole rested on Vettel making mistakes.

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