Lewis Hamilton after finishing P5 in Qualifying has indicated that he had a solid package under him today and feels there was a bit left on the table in terms of extracting performance from the car.
Lewis ended his qualifying session in a solid P5 for the Mercedes team but felt that he could have secured the front row if few things had gone in his favor.
While talking about his exploits during the rain-affected Silverstone qualifying, the Brit said, “I was going for second at least but to end up 5th makes tomorrow tough but I know I have this amazing car,”
The 37-year-old is a bit disappointed with his P5 finish as he felt that the crowd was really behind him during the session and it would have been great had he been able to put his W13 on the front row.
The Q3 session was one of the most exciting qualifying sessions of the season where Lewis at on point was in P2 behind Max Verstappen and for the fans, it certainly brought back memories of their nail-biting fights during last year.
Lewis Hamilton on the steps taken by Mercedes leading up to the Qualifying session
Mercedes had a really decent outing in Qualifying with Russell P8 and Hamilton P5, and Lewis Hamilton while dwelling on the steps that the team took in building up to Qualifying, he said, “I don’t know where the buzz was coming from but I know everyone was working hard. We brought some parts to the car but it wasn’t necessarily a bit upgrade but there was definitely an improvement.”
Lewis Hamilton has stressed that the team put their maximum effort into optimizing the car ahead of Qualifying so that they could challenge Red Bull and Ferrari and feels had the conditions been dry, they wouldn’t have been able to perform as well as they did during qualifying.
Lewis Hamilton has sounded a bit dejected but qualifying is done and now the focus is going to be on the upcoming race, with the Brit starting P5 he is going to have every chance of finishing on the podium at his home Grand Prix.
Given Hamilton is happy with the package, it is going to be fascinating to see how the Brit is going to perform in front of his home crowd tomorrow and whether he would be able to keep pace with the Ferraris and Red Bulls that are starting ahead of him.
Where do you think Lewis Hamilton is going to finish at the end of the Silverstone Grand Prix?