Lewis Hamilton after Quali: “I thought we were closer”

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After the United States Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton says his “laps weren’t great”, and he “really struggled with the car”.

Lewis Hamilton qualified in P5 for the United States Grand Prix, however, due to grid penalties for Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez, he will be promoted to P3 in the race.

After the session, the Briton was not satisfied with his car’s performance, especially taking into account the fact that Mercedes brought its last upgrade to the Circuit of the Americas.

“I thought we were closer, if I’m really honest,” Lewis said.

“My laps weren’t great, I really struggled with the car in this session.

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“I think with the temperature drop, [the track] in P3 was around 30 to 40 degrees, then it was like six degrees, seven degrees cooler [in qualifying], it really changed the set-up of the car, it was a real handful.

“I’m praying it’s going to be better tomorrow. I’m really just hopeful that…

“If we can hold onto the guys [ahead], at least keep them in [viewing] distance, that would be awesome, because then strategy can come into play.

“But I think they’re too quick,” Hamilton concluded.

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