Lewis Hamilton is disappointed he was unable to secure pole position at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The Briton has to settle for second place at the start of the race. The Mercedes driver will start behind Max Verstappen and will start on the mediums, while his competitor will start on the red belt. “We’re just going to do our best.”
Hamilton was visibly disappointed in front of Sky Sports’ camera. Nevertheless, the seven-time world champion concludes that there was no more in it. “Verstappen did a great job in that last lap. In qualifying we kept trying to find speed, which was especially difficult in the last two laps. The last lap was okay, I can’t complain, but I was hoping to be faster.’
Verstappen was able to use the slipstream of his teammate Sergio Pérez in the first lap in Q3. Hamilton says Mercedes never considered such tactics ahead of the final qualifying session. “We didn’t consider working together, but we never really did. So we never went for a tow.’
Strategy important in Abu Dhabi
Hamilton completes the front row of the grid during Sunday’s race. The Mercedes driver is happy to keep his eye on his title competitor and hopes he can quickly take a lead. “Now that I’m starting second, it’s easy to follow him, because I have continuous vision. We are now going to look at the strategy, because it will be very important tomorrow. We are going for the best possible outcome,” said Hamilton.