Lewis Hamilton after Qatar GP Quali: “That last lap was beautiful”

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Lewis Hamilton reveals he “wasn’t feeling too well” yesterday, but he overcame it and took pole at the Qatar Grand Prix Qualifying.

On Friday after FP1 and FP2, Lewis Hamilton said he is “definitely not close” to the frontrunners, but today in Qualifying he managed to take an amazing pole position, 0.455s ahead of Max Verstappen.

“Yesterday was a really difficult day for me, actually,” the Briton said after the session.

“Thursday and Friday I wasn’t feeling too well, so I really struggled throughout practice. I was just off yesterday, so I really had to dig deep.”

Asked what was wrong with him yesterday, Lewis said:

“I had a bit of a stomach ache from Wednesday, but felt fantastic today. I slept well last night so that makes a big difference.”

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He reveals a lot of work went into today’s amazing performance.

“I was here until midnight last night, working with the engineers, who also always work so late – they’re such hard workers – and found a lot of areas which I could improve in.

“We made a lot of changes for P3 and it seemed to work. Then, of course, you’ve got to carry that through to qualifying.

“I’m so grateful for the timings they put us out on track, we didn’t have any traffic. Then that last lap was beautiful.

“It was a really sweet lap,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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