Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he “can’t understand” the issues with his Mercedes Formula One car after qualifying in third place for the Singapore Grand Prix.
The British driver ended his qualifying 0.7s adrift of his team-mate’s pole position lap, and the British driver believes there could be a number of factors that stopped him from being higher up the order.
The British driver failed to complete a qualifying simulation on the ultra-soft tyres during free practice, after Hamilton made mistakes on all his attempts during both Practice 2 and 3.
“There are several different things that could be the issue, I don’t know just yet.” Lewis Hamilton is quoted on Autosport.
“It wasn’t really a frustrating session, it just hasn’t been my weekend so far,”
“I haven’t been able to get many good laps out there and not been able to string them together and that was the case today. Nico did a great job to show the true potential of the car and hopefully tomorrow I’ll try and at least get one step up ahead to get that front row for the team.”
Toto Wolff believes Mercedes Formula One team failed to give Lewis Hamilton a setup that would suit him.
“Lewis’s car was not where it should have been after free practice one,” Toto Wolff said.
“It’s not easy to find the right compromise between the set-up of the car and getting the tyres in the right window and giving the driver a confident feeling.
“Here we failed. He didn’t have a car today that was able to extract all the performance.”