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Hamilton: We can still push through race from eighth

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McLaren disappointed with duo missed out from the front row especially Jenson Button can’t made Q2 and he will start from 16th on the grid, initially he was set 18th place and Vergne’s and Kobayashi’s penalty gives him two places up on the grid.

The local boy Lewis Hamilton missed out from the front row, McLaren speedy too struggled in Q3 with intermediate compound and he will start from eighth on the grid.

“It was difficult, it is always is qualifying in the wet, but we really struggled. For some reason the tyres wouldn’t switch on in Q3, and we had no grip,” Hamilton said.

“The extremes worked really well, then I came in because I thought it was drying and they [intermediates] would give us the best grip and I was just sliding like crazy.

“I can’t for the life of me understand why the tyres didn’t switch on there. It’s very, very rare that I can’t get my tyres working, but I was pushing and pushing and there was no grip there. Something is not right.”

“The car is quicker than what we did, but I didn’t have any grip so couldn’t go faster,” he explained.

“I did everything I could; I couldn’t have done better. We’re not that far away though. Unfortunately didn’t get the front row but we can still push through tomorrow. From eighth, everything is still possible.”

Asked whether he was surprised at Ferrari capturing its first pole of the year, Hamilton added: “No. They won the last race, and have been good on their intermediates. For some reason they can switch them on and we didn’t.

“Ferrari is just quick and worked their tyres properly and so is Red Bull. I’m not frustrated though. I would have loved to be a bit higher, but tomorrow is the day that really counts.”


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