HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) Crouching down by the side of his Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton lowered his head and stayed perfectly still for several moments.
The British driver looked lost in thought, deep in contemplation, seemingly unable to believe what happened on Saturday. A hydraulic failure had just ended his qualifying run prematurely, dropping Formula One's all-time record-holder for pole positions to 14th on the grid for Sunday's race.
Hamilton's hopes of winning a record-equaling fourth German Grand Prix - and matching Michael Schumacher- have been dented. And his woes are piling up as he duels with Sebastian Vettel - in a seemingly quicker Ferrari - for a fifth Formula One title.