Lewis Hamilton stressed he was not distracted by his recent brush with the law as he produced a lacklustre qualifying performance for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
The 25-year-old was caught by police on Friday performing a burnout in his Mercedes road car shortly after leaving the Albert Park circuit. The gathering clouds prior to Saturday's qualifying served as a bad omen for the Briton as, despite a decent display in Q1, he surprisingly crashed out in Q2 and will start from 11th on grid on Sunday.
"It was something you learn from. I don't think it particularly affected qualifying," Hamilton told BBC1.
"I wasn't fast enough. I feel I got everything out of the car, I just really didn't have any more grip out of the tyres.
"It is unfortunate but I will just have to have a good race tomorrow hopefully."
The offence was not Hamilton's first after he was caught speeding at 121mph in December 2007 in France and this latest incident attracted the kind of negative press he was hoping to avoid in Australia following last year's infamous "lie-gate" scandal.
Soon after qualifying, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh was quick to voice his support for Hamilton and the former world champion admitted his team have helped him get through the difficult moments in his career.
"The great thing about this team is you have great support from everyone," added Hamilton. "I did not have people in here turning their backs on me. I had support from Martin (Whitmarsh) and from every individual in the team.
"That is the great thing about being part of this team you support each other through thick and thin."