Lewis Hamilton seems to be satisfied with the performance of Mercedes despite 3rd place in qualifying. He also hopes that he has found “the best possible balance” for the race tomorrow.
For the Briton, it was a qualifying session with a rollercoaster feeling. Shortly before the end, it looked like he would take pole position, but then he ended up being beaten by Max Verstappen as well as George Russell.
Giving up is not an option for the seven-time world champion, however, as he had conducted various tests this weekend involving experiments with rear wings with higher and lower downforce. With the possibility of changeable conditions tomorrow, he still believes he can win.
“It’s been a very difficult day for everyone. I just tried to stay positive, focused, and calm. My first lap was really good, the second one I struggled a little bit.
“If [the weather is] like this tomorrow, it’s going to be tricky.
“This balance of straight-line speed versus mid-section downforce… I think we’ve tried to strike the best balance possible. Maybe it’s not the best for today, we’ll see tomorrow exactly how good it is.
“Otherwise, I’m really grateful to the team for just keeping their cool during this session.”
Hamilton cannot hope for any help from Valtteri Bottas tomorrow either, as he only finished 8th in Q3 and will start 13th in the race. So, Hamilton is on his own at the front of the field.
“I don’t really know what happened with Valtteri, but it’s unfortunate because I have two Red Bulls not too far away. That’s going to make it a little bit harder in terms of strategy because Valtteri has a penalty also.
“Nonetheless, we’ll do everything we can. As I said, tomorrow’s another day. I hope that it’s not crazy rain like this, but interchangeable could be fun.”