Lewis Hamilton had a rather difficult qualifying session. The British driver encountered issues in heating up his tyres, and will start tomorrow from P7, with his teammate Valtteri Bottas outqualifying him in P3.
Just didn’t click for LH today. But you don’t become a 7x Champ without some 𝗕𝗜𝗚 Sunday drives. ✊ pic.twitter.com/bN3ZtBjdYQ— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) May 22, 2021
He is disappointed with his and his team's work, as he said during the post-qualifying session press conference: "Today was just a question of tyres, they just didn't work. I don't really have the answers to why. We as a team didn't do a good enough of a job, and of course it's frustrating because it's quite hard to pass"
Hamilton tries to be positive when asked what are his expectations for tomorrow, and hopes that the weather will help him during the race: "If it's dry, as you know how it is here, there's not so much that you can do. A lot of the work here is done on Saturday so I'll definitely say that the win's really out of our way, but I'm hopeful that it could potentially rain, I don't think it will but it would be nice if it did."
He isn't completely satisfied with his team's work: "There will be some discussion with my engineers , tonight or maybe after the weekend. There are things that haven't been done that should have been done, we'll learn from it and come together stronger on the next race."
The Mercedes driver said that, while much time was spent on his car after the practice sessions, it wasnt put to good use, as the car's performance only got worse: "A lot of changes were done to the car after FP3 because FP3 was a disaster and that was the work that we have done in the last couple of days, completely in the wrong direction. We made some changes to try and take those step backwards, and the car just didn't answer."
However, he didn't want to go expand on the topic with the press, saying that it's an issue that will be faced behind closed doors: "I can't really say too much about it, and also I don't want to be critical of the team, but behind closed doors, I will be. And we have got to work harder."
The World Champion is unhappy with his result and the car's performance:" There's nothing i can do about it now, it is what it is."
He certainly wasn't expecting a weekend as hard as this one: "On Thursday I was hopeful that we could at least fight for top three, but the steps that we've taken have led us in the wrong direction."
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