Lewis Hamilton says the car in Quali was ‘everything he wanted’

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After an amazing P1 in Friday’s Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton says today he “got it right and the car was really nice to drive”.

After a few hard weekends, Lewis Hamilton finally seemed to get a package that was able to seriously attack the Red Bulls. He will start tomorrow’s Qualifying Sprint Race from P1!

“I loved today for sure,” the Briton said.

“We’re working so hard to try and get this car right. It’s been tough. And so to finally get the car feeling how it did today, it feels great.

“It’s just a testament to all of the great work that everyone is doing in the garage and also back home, all of the work that is going on at home to just pull out everything we can from the car.”

Unfortunately on Sunday he will start the main race from P6 at best, due to a five-place grid penalty brought about by his engine being swapped.

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Hamilton calls the penalty “unfortunate”, but says he will “try and fight back from that”. Looking back at qualifying, Lewis says he is happy that everything finally aligned.

“I’ve been going from FP3 and sitting there for a whole hour trying to make the right set-up change, and the anxiety you get is crazy.

“A lot of the times we get it wrong, I get it wrong, and today I got it right and the car was really nice to drive. It was everything I wanted.

“That enabled me to just keep pushing. You saw purple, purple, purple, so I was just gaining each time.

“I don’t know how we can go from one track where [Red Bull] are half a second ahead to then being behind, but anyways, they’ll be very strong in the race tomorrow.

“I hope Valtteri gets a good start,” concluded the Briton.

Valtteri Bottas will start the Sprint Race from P3 on the grid, right behind second placed Max Verstappen.

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