Lewis Hamilton after Turkish GP Quali: “I’m super chilled, man”

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Mercedes had a hard time in the Turkish Grand Prix qualifying. Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s race from P6, while Valtteri Bottas will start from P9.

The wet track significantly lacked grip and proved to be problematic for most drivers. Lewis Hamilton says he did the best he could under the circumstances.

“I’m super chilled, man,” said Hamilton after qualifying.

“I’m not disappointed whatsoever. I did the best job I could today with the circumstances I was given, and I didn’t spin or make any mistakes.

“I delivered as good as I could and it was tricky for everyone and I will give it my best shot tomorrow.”

Still, the Briton called qualifying one of the “least enjoyable” he ever had.

“It was definitely one of the least enjoyable, if not the least enjoyable that I’ve had. This track, the layout is so great, but the grip is so poor that you can’t really generate the grip to go through the corners at the speed we would like.

“But otherwise, it was a challenge, and challenges are always good. The track surface grip is the worst I’ve ever experienced in any year of racing. Considering how much downforce we have, it’s been a challenge.


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“Going into the wet today made it even harder. So we were definitely limited by grip and temperature, but I’m pretty happy with the job I did.”

If Valtteri Bottas fails to score eight points in tomorrow’s race, Hamilton will become champion. However the Briton is unsure how things will go.

“I have no idea what car I’ve got underneath me tomorrow. We made some set-ups going into today, and then it’s been wet.

“If it’s dry, I have no idea how it is going to feel, if it’s wet, I know [how] it’s going to be, it could feel as bad as today.

“We’ll just go with it. We’re all in the same boat out there, we’re all struggling. It’s really cool. Congrats to Lance [Stroll] on the pole, that’s pretty awesome.

“We look forward to a fight with them tomorrow,” concluded the six-time champion.

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