Hamilton sees silver lining after crashing again

Suzuka: Lewis Hamilton hoped his bad luck had finally run its course after suffering another setback in Friday`s Japanese Grand Prix practice.

McLaren`s Formula One title contender whacked into the tyre barrier in the first session at Suzuka. He missed half of the first 90-minute session and all but eight minutes of the afternoon practice as mechanics raced against the clock to get him back on track.

Hamilton has retired from three of his last four races and collided with rivals in the last two.

"I was probably pushing too hard, too early. I don`t know," he told reporters.

"It wasn`t even that big an off, it was just unfortunate that the gravel was very slippery at that point where I was on it," added the Briton, who is third overall and 20 points adrift of Red Bull`s championship leader Mark Webber with four races remaining.

"You`ve seen a couple of other people that went off there and they got away with it. They say bad things come in threes so hopefully that`s the case, it`s over and done with."

With rain forecast for Saturday he may not get any more dry running until Sunday`s race.

"I didn`t really get a feel of where the car is exactly, tomorrow will be a little bit different and we have another session which is good," he said.

McLaren have brought new front and rear wings to Japan in a determined effort to hunt down leaders Red Bull but Hamilton broke the rear wing in the accident and had to go out in the afternoon with an old version.

He should have a new part for Saturday`s practice and qualifying but will be lacking the mileage that is so important at such a challenging circuit.

"This is one of the tracks where you need to have lots and lots of laps," he said ruefully.

"The more laps you have, the more confidence you have and more speed you can carry through the corners and you know where your car is.

"Where our car is left now will really be the car we probably go into qualifying with," added the 2008 world champion, who won at Japan`s rainsoaked Fuji circuit in 2007.

"It will be interesting to see how that carries on. All I can do is my best and I really hope I can do well for the team because they deserve it."

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