Lewis Hamilton after Dutch GP Quali early exit: “S**t happens”

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After getting eliminated in Q2 of Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton explains what led to his early exit.

Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying didn’t go the way Lewis Hamilton or Mercedes would have wanted. Unfortunately, the Briton was eliminated in Q2, under tricky wet conditions, and he will be starting the race from P13.

After the session, Lewis gave a short statement to Viaplay.

“S**t happens, I’ll give it my best shot tomorrow,” he said.

A bit later he explained he wasn’t sure that if the tricky conditions on the track played a part in his early exit.

“It wasn’t difficult to judge [how to run the session]. Obviously a lot of people in the way but generally I was just slow.”

Footage from qualifying shows that in his final flying lap, Lewis was impeded by Yuki Tsunoda, but he dismisses that Tsunoda played a part in his result.

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“It didn’t make any difference. There was a few of the others that got in the way on the previous laps.

“Tsunoda, he was in the way a little bit, but it didn’t lose me time. I was just slow today.”

Lewis also said he wasn’t sure why his car didn’t feel good throughout the session.

“I really don’t know, honestly. The car didn’t feel too great after P2. It felt great in P1 and I’ve just not had that feeling ever since. So I’m not really sure what it is.”

Asked if he believes he can turn it around in the race tomorrow, Lewis said he doesn’t.

“No. The car has just been difficult. I’ll try and turn the negative from today into a positive tomorrow,” he concluded.

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