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Whitmarsh downplays concerns

Saturday 12th May 2012

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Whitmarsh downplays concerns

Whitmarsh downplays concerns

Martin Whitmarsh has downplayed the glitch that hit Lewis Hamilton in the immediate aftermath of qualifying, saying "hopefully" it's not serious.

Having taken pole position with a blisteringly quick 1:21.707 - over half a second up on his nearest rival - Hamilton was seen slowing down on his in-lap before eventually stopping his car on the side of the track.

Asked about the issue his McLaren team boss told Sky Sports F1's Ted Kravitz: "A technical problem.

"I don't know, we've just going to look at that - hopefully it's not too serious. But a problem arose and we had to turn off (the car)."

As for fears that the problem could result in a penalty, in other words an engine or gearbox issue, Whitmarsh was asked whether there was any indication that it was one of the two.

He said: "No there isn't. So we won't have that (a penalty)."

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