“In the end, it was a big gap between us and third place, but in the end, it doesn’t matter,” said the Briton.
“The fight with Bottas was tough. We pushed each other to the end. This is a great track to drive.
Hamilton also gave comments on his spin in the gravel in Q2, which brought about a red flag.
“I made some changes going into qualifying and it was worse, so it was a real struggle out there.
“This track is awesome because with a gust of wind you have a head wind and tail wind and cross wind in different parts of the circuit, so it’s like juggling balls while you’re on a moving plate at high speed.
“Obviously we had that spin which, qualifying’s all about confidence building. Damn, I had that spin and I was already down, I was already struggling through the first section every lap.
“I don’t know how but with some deep breaths managed to compose myself and Q3 started off the right way. It still wasn’t perfect, the first lap, but still a really clean lap and the second one (was) even better.”
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His team-mate Valtteri Bottas didn’t manage to snatch pole, but the Finn hopes to do better at tomorrow’s race.
“Yeah, it was a good qualification until Q3,” said Bottas.
“I felt good in the car on both tyre compounds. I waited until Q3 to do everything right, but at the end of Q3 I started to drift a bit with the rear.
“Lewis was a little better than me, he did very well today and has pole It’s disappointing, but is no different.
“I think my long-run performance is very good so I expect that there are chances. Of course, Lewis won it last year from P2 from me, so everything is still wide open.
“The guys in the back will do everything they can to make something of it.”