Lewis Hamilton pleased because he ‘did his best’

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Lewis Hamilton pleased because he ‘did his best’

Lewis Hamilton is pleased with the second starting spot for the U.S. Grand Prix because he believes he did his best and got the most out of his Mercedes F1 W12, but he doesn’t give up in the fight to win and believes he can offer good resistance against Max Verstappen.

Mercedes had a flying start in Austin after being nearly a second faster than everyone else in the first free practice, but while others were finding performance Mercedes wandered with car settings and ultimately failed to threaten Red Bull in qualifying.

Hamilton was only fourth in the first Q3 laps behind two Red Bulls and teammate Bottas, but in the last Q3 lap Hamilton drove a much better lap and took over the pole position he lost after the last Verstappen lap. In the second place, Hamilton continued the fantastic series on this track, where he finished first or second eight times in nine qualifications - he did not succeed in that only in 2013, when he started fifth.

"I did my best today," Hamilton said. "We struggled a bit during the qualifiers, Red Bull was incredibly fast and after the first practice we fell slightly compared to them." “I’m happy with how my last Q3 lap turned out although, of course, there’s always something you can improve on.

But I think that was more or less our maximum. "

Tire consumption

"The audience was absolutely amazing so my plan for Sunday is to win the race and give the audience a great show." "We will have to work as hard as we can, but we start from a good position and I will do my best in the first corner because there is always an opportunity."

“Tire consumption here is quite aggressive so it will be interesting to see what strategy we will be able to execute and it will offer certain opportunities. This has not been my favorite day, but we will fight in the race.

” In today's race, Hamilton will start from the first row for the 11th time, and he only started the first three times - his opponent in the title fight has 12 starts from the first row, of which nine are pole positions.

Obviously, we have a great race ahead of us in which we expect a lot of surprises, but the first two positions are still the most interesting and the biggest attention is paid to them.