Lewis Hamilton believes he lost enough time to make the difference between pole position and second place.
Speaking after Sebastian Vettel beat him to pole position by one-tenth of a sceond Hamilton said: “That was an almost perfect lap ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ I lost a tenth-and-a-half in Turn 14 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ so we?óÔé¼Ôäóre much closer to the front than we?óÔé¼Ôäód anticipated, which is positive for us.”
Some forecasts have predicted rain during tomorrow’s race but Hamilton hopes they’re wrong: “It?óÔé¼Ôäós been dry for the past two days, so I hope it?óÔé¼Ôäós dry tomorrow.
“Being on the front row certainly helps when it rains, and it also gives us more opportunities to take a step forward.”
Hamilton added he expects they will have to make three tyre changes in a dry race.
Team mate Jenson Button also felt he could have done better in qualifying: “I had a touch more oversteer in Q3, but that?óÔé¼Ôäós the set-up direction I chose to take.
“The balance was pretty good, but I hurt the tyres a little bit too much in the final sector, and that left me in fourth.”
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