Lewis Hamilton says without yellow flags front row was possible

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After the Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton says without the yellow flags brought about by Sergio Perez’s spin, he could have been “potentially fighting for the front rows”.

Mercedes seemed to be very competitive throughout the Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying, but in the end Lewis Hamilton only managed to get P4, and George Russell P6.

However, their last flying lap was interrupted by Sergio Perez’s spin, which brought out yellow flags. Lewis says he thinks a better position was possible.

“Much happier coming into this weekend to have a car that’s potentially fighting, but I just don’t understand…” the Briton said after the session.

“One weekend it can be so far off and the next weekend all of a sudden we’re right there, so it’s confusing for sure. But lots of positives to take from today.

“And I think if we hadn’t had the yellow flag would have been hopefully, potentially fighting for the front rows. So that’s really positive.

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“I hope that, the deficit that we normally have, even though we close the deficit in a single lap, if that can then reflect to our race pace, that’d be awesome.”

Lewis then explained Mercedes is aware of why their car is sometimes struggling.

“It has to do with aero curvatures and all sorts that I don’t know why we didn’t see it going into the last race, because there were things we could have done differently and it could have been a little bit better at least.

“Not two seconds quicker, but why we are missing that? So we’re just looking at things of how we can make sure we’re better prepared from race to race.

“But just generally, this type of track, just putting the car on it, just works much better with the right height and so,” Hamilton concluded.

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