Afterwards, the Briton gave his opinion on the session.
“I’m generally really happy with the job I did today,” Lewis said.
“I did the best I could with the car I have – it’s a very hard car to drive.
“One of the French media guys was saying I’m not performing so well. I did a damn good job today and I’m happy with it.”
Lewis went on to say he was grateful to be able to get to Q3, which is not surprising considering the problems he’s been having in recent races.
“Qualifying wasn’t too bad. I’m grateful to have got into Q3. That’s a good feeling. I gave it my all at the end.
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“It was quite difficult with the single laps getting the most out of this car – it’s hard work, this car. But I’m grateful to be in amongst the group ahead.”
However, Lewis was in the elimination zone in the final moments of Q1, but ultimately managed to improve his time in a late flying lap. He was asked how he was feeling in those moments.
“Pretty relaxed. I wasn’t worried or anything. When I came in I didn’t know if I was through and then the same in Q2.
“That’s like edge of your seat, waiting to hear if you’ve done enough. You’re just hoping for the right news.
“Then once we got into Q3 it was a real battle, a bit of a struggle, but I’m grateful to be sixth,” Hamilton concluded.