Lewis Hamilton admitted that his Mercedes W12 was “a bit of a handful” to drive in wet weather at Spa Francorchamps during the qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday.

The ever-changing weather conditions at the Belgian Grand Prix complicated matters for the drivers regarding the downforce-level balance needed to set the fastest times through Spa’s varying sectors, with teams experimenting with various set-ups as a result.

“There’s not really too much to say, it was just not a lot of grip out there for everyone and I think there are people with different downforce levels. A struggle I would say, for us, with our car today. We’ve seen with Valtteri as well,” Hamilton said.

“Just the car was a bit of a handful today. But nonetheless, I’m really happy to be on the second row and the points are tomorrow.”

Despite trailing behind championship rival Max Verstappen in qualifying, Hamilton is certain Mercedes has better race pace potential to overcome the deficits from Saturday.

“I think our race pace should be a little bit stronger than our pace [on Saturday],” Hamilton explained. “We tried to find the best compromise, the best balance for both potential circumstances today and tomorrow – in terms of dry and wet. And so, we hope we’re ok.

“We’ll see what the weather is like tomorrow, and we’ll see how it works.”

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