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Hamilton: I got everything out of the car in qualifying

Oct 5, 2013, 5:15 AM EDT

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Lewis Hamilton is pleased to have qualified in second place for this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix, believing that he did all that he could to stop Sebastian Vettel from claiming a third consecutive pole position even if that task proved to be too much for the Briton.

Hamilton was the only of the front runners to improve his time with his second run in Q3, allowing him to move ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull’s Mark Webber and put his Mercedes on the front row of the grid. In his eyes, this was all that he and the team were capable of.

“I’m really happy with second position today as it felt like I got everything out of the car today,” Hamilton said after qualifying. “The guys have done a great job to get the package as it is here: we came into the weekend knowing that Red Bull had an advantage, so to be as close as I am in terms of performance is a real positive. Hopefully we have closed the gap a little bit.”

In recent weeks, Mercedes have struggled to match the pace of Red Bull and even Ferrari, failing to win a race since the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break and scoring just one podium in that space of time.

  1. apexassassin - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Hami still showed great pace all weekend and at least his is crying and making excuses like Alonso!

  2. apexassassin - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Hami still showed great pace all weekend and at least his isn’t crying and making excuses like Alonso!

    • worknman24hours - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Careful, Alonso is a Formula One God.

      Or is that Formula One Dog?

      I can never get that right. :)

  3. worknman24hours - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    I sure wish Hamilton had taken over Mark’s vacated spot at Red Bull.

    Vettel wouldn’t be in such a happy place.

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