Lewis Hamilton admitted he fell short of his best with his final two efforts in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s Q2 lap was faster than the Sebastian Vettel’s pole position lap in Q3. But the McLaren driver wasn’t able to replicate his best time.
Hamilton said: “It was a good session for me, I think it’s been quite a good couple of days to be honest. Quite a big improvement for me, I feel, from the last race.
“We were quick, the car’s been feeling good. But just at the end there, that was as fast as I was really able to get out of my lap. It wasn’t particularly a great lap. The one in Q2 was much better.
“But that’s the way it is and well done to Sebastian, he did a great lap. As always he’s very, very quick. But the race is tomorrow and that’s the most important day.”
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