Lewis Hamilton felt unwell throughout Friday’s practice sessions, but things improved for him to produce a “beautiful” lap in qualifying.

Details:

  • Hamilton claimed an astonishing pole position for the Qatar GP, lapping almost half a second clear of title rival Max Verstappen.
  • Despite this success, Hamilton was unable to match teammate Valtteri Bottas’ pace throughout practice. The Briton revealed he was experiencing issues on Friday.

What he had to say:

  • “Yesterday was a really difficult day for me, I wasn’t feeling too well. Really struggled throughout practice and I was just off yesterday, so I really had to dig deep.”
  • “I was here till midnight last night, working with the engineers and found a lot of areas, which I can improve, made some changes for [F]P3 and it seemed to work and then of course you’ve got to try to carry that through qualifying, but I’m so grateful for the timings that they [the team] put us out on the track, we didn’t have any traffic. And then that last lap was beautiful, it was a really sweet lap.”

Addressing the strategy possibilities for tomorrow’s race, he stated:

  • “It being such a fast circuit, I don’t think from the little bit of experience we’ve had through practices, it’s not the easiest of circuits to follow, but it’s not also massively degrading on tires and obviously, we, the top 3 of us at least, all on the medium tire.”
  • “And the hard tire is the C1, so it looks like it could go a long way, but it could be a one or two [pit-stop strategy], we’ll find out tomorrow.”

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