Lewis Hamilton says that he got “everything out of the car” during qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. The Brit was just edged out by Sebastian Vettel for pole position but is happy with how he performed.
The 28-year-old is hoping that he can get a good start off the line and take the fight to Vettel early on in the 55-lap race. Discussing his qualifying session in a team statement he said: “I’m really happy with second position today as it felt like I got everything out of the car today. The guys have done a great job to get the package as it is here: we came into the weekend knowing that Red Bull had an advantage, so to be as close as I am in terms of performance is a real positive. Hopefully we have closed the gap a little bit.”
Looking ahead to the race, Hamilton feels that his long-run pace is close to the Red Bull’s: “Our long-run pace yesterday looked good and pretty close to theirs but there will be threats all around us in tomorrow’s race. A couple of years ago, I was on pole and Seb got past me at the start, so I’d like to repay him on that one! I need to make sure we get a good start, position the car as well as possible and when there’s a gap, I’ll be going for it. We know that the weather will change a bit for tomorrow and I don’t mind how it turns out. I’d prefer dry conditions but we’ll see what the day brings and roll with it.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg wasn’t so happy, admitting that he didn’t find the right balance for qualifying during the three practice sessions. He said: “I haven’t found the right car balance all weekend so far and that’s the reason why I’m a bit disappointed with today’s result – even if my actual starting position of fourth place is pretty good.”
The German has his eyes set on a podium finish: “The first sector of the track is good for overtaking, so hopefully that will give us some opportunities in the opening laps, but Red Bull still seems to have the edge here overall. If I get a good start like I managed in Singapore, then a podium finish is possible based on the performance we were able to show in the long runs on Friday.”
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