Sep 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT
Lewis Hamilton may have returned to the top ten in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, but the Briton is disappointed to only be lining up fifth on the grid after showing signs of good pace on Friday.
Hamilton had topped the first practice session at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, and he appeared to be one of the few drivers who could realistically stop Sebastian Vettel from claiming pole position in Singapore. However, on his final run in Q3, he failed to match the defending world champion’s time, falling four-tenths short to end up in fifth.
“Qualifying didn’t quite come together for me this evening,” Hamilton explained. “I tried my best out there but I just didn’t have a great feeling in the car and ultimately I wasn’t fast enough. Clearly the car was quicker than what I was able to get out of it tonight so, of course, it’s frustrating not to have qualified closer to the front as Nico did.”
Rosberg came agonizingly close to pipping Vettel in the dying moments of qualifying, taking one more lap than his compatriot and falling just 0.091 seconds short come the checkered flag.
Despite today’s setback, Hamilton is hoping to turn things around for the race tomorrow in pursuit of a second victory in Singapore.
“We’ll turn today’s negative into a positive overnight and I’ll be pushing as hard as I can in the race tomorrow,” he said. “There are still people ahead of me that we can beat and our target will be to get on the podium, that would be amazing.”
Hamilton will also have to fight with Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber if he is to finish in the top three, having finished directly behind the pair on Saturday. One comforting fact for the Briton is that he starts on the ‘clean’ side of the grid, theoretically allowing him to make a better getaway off the line.