Lewis Hamilton says he “should have been on pole” in Singapore

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After the Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says his qualifying performance “needs to get better”, and he will have to “look into that”.

Lewis Hamilton finished the Singapore Grand Prix in P3, but the day before in qualifying he only managed to get P5, while his team-mate George Russell qualified in P2.

After the race, Lewis said the main issue of his weekend was his qualifying performance.

“It’s all in hindsight but I think the thing I was most disappointing with… I mean George was so close to pole yesterday,” the Briton said.

“I should have been on pole yesterday. But then we had a good race. The race was kind of textbook. The team did a good job with strategy.

“I’m in my element in the race. It’s just qualifying needs to get better. George was great all weekend.

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“As a team, we risked it at the end and took the chance. I love that the team is doing that. It was a big gap to close up. It was definitely hard to overtake those guys at the end of the race.

“Probably needed another 5-10 laps and I think we would have got them.”

Asked if there’s some way to solve his qualifying issues, Lewis said:

“It’s clearly not just the car. George was on the front row. It’s me, just my driving style, changes that perhaps I’m making. It’s a lot of different things, so I need to look into that.

“I will naturally keep my head down, keep pushing and will not be satisfied until I get back there,” Hamilton concluded.

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