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No athlete can be satisfied with second – Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton is pleased with Mercedes recovery, the team’s overnight effort to cut the gap to Ferrari following struggling through much of practice in Baku.

The Silver Arrows looked to be the third fastest team going into qualifying with both Ferrari and Red Bull appears a stronger turn of pace throughout the all three practice sessions.
Overnight developments and an impressive final Q3 effort from Hamilton put him just 0.179s shy of Vettel’s pole time meaning the reigning champion will start Sunday’s race from the front-row ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

“We weren’t quite quick enough today to beat Ferrari today, but it was super close. No athlete can be satisfied with second, but it’ s nice to be back up on the front row after an exciting session.” Hamilton said.

“The team did a great job overnight to make a step forward after what was a tricky Friday. On our long runs we’ve been down, losing out in the middle sector, and the Ferraris have been quite a bit quicker than us, so we’ve still got a bit more ground to make up yet, but it’s great to be there in the fight.”

“We worked hard to get the car in a better place, so we need to maximise the result now tomorrow. Let’s try and make some trouble for Ferrari. It’s definitely going to be another interesting race.

James Allison, Technical Director of Mercedes: “While I am disappointed that our cars were not quick enough to challenge for pole today, we can take a certain satisfaction from a solid P2 and P3, which give us strong starting positions for tomorrow. We can also be satisfied that we managed to improve the car’s handling overnight and that this put us in position to enjoy a good race with both cars starting on the super soft compound tyre. This is a track that brings both incident and opportunity for those who are nimble enough to exploit it in the race. We fully intend to do so tomorrow.”

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