Lewis Hamilton: “The race is going to be really interesting”

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After qualifying in P11 for the Las Vergas Grand Prix (he will start from P10), Lewis Hamilton says “it’s going to be a long race, it’s going to be about managing degradation”.

After qualifying for the Las Vegas Grand Prix in P11 (he will start the race from P10 because of Carlos Sainz’s penalty), Lewis Hamilton said he believes overnight changes made to his car made it less competitive.

“There are always differences,” the Briton said.

“I just struggled. [In free practice] I was feeling better, and I was more competitive. And then we made some changes overnight and it didn’t feel great today.

“So this car is a bit on a knife edge. The track is fun, but I’m sliding around a lot. But the race is going to be really interesting. A lot of work to do from 11th.”

As for the race tomorrow, Lewis said:

“We’re all on low wings. So there’s going to be a lot of degradation. There may even be more degradation than we know.

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“No one has driven the Hard tyre yet. Max [Verstappen] has two Hards and two Mediums, we have one medium and two Hards.

“So it’s going to be a long race, it’s going to be about managing degradation.”

While talking about his chances in the race in a different media appearance, he said:

“My guess is as good as yours. One with the car and also it’s to do with the tyre graining, we had massive graining like everybody.

“We had some rear graining in FP3, so I think how you manage it and how you progress, where you push and where you don’t tomorrow is going to be key.

“But I mean, it’s impressive watching the Ferrari today, it’s a quick car,” Hamilton concluded.

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