Hamilton counts on setup to repay within the race
Lewis Hamilton hopes his setup strategy will profit him extra within the race than it did throughout qualifying on the Belgian Grand Prix after being outqualified by each Max Verstappen and George Russell.
Lando Norris’ crash in heavy rain led to an extended delay in Q3 however the finish of the session passed off on the intermediate tire, and Hamilton was on provisional pole beginning the ultimate makes an attempt. Nonetheless, Russell went quickest and Hamilton couldn’t beat the Williams together with his final lap, earlier than Verstappen took pole, leaving the championship chief in third however hopeful he has a greater automotive for the race.
“I believe there have been folks with totally different downforce ranges and we tried to seek out the perfect compromise, the perfect stability for potential circumstances as we speak and tomorrow, dry and moist,” Hamilton mentioned. “So we hope we’re OK, we’ll see what the climate is like tomorrow — we’ll see the way it works.
“I believe our race tempo ought to be just a little bit stronger than our tempo as we speak. Nevertheless it’s going to be a handful however, notably if it’s in these circumstances.”
With teammate Valtteri Bottas qualifying in eighth place and set to be demoted 5 additional positions resulting from a grid penalty earned in Hungary, Hamilton feels Mercedes might be below strain strategically if there are steady circumstances.
“I don’t actually know what occurred with Valtteri however unlucky, as a result of I believe they’ve two Purple Bulls not too far-off. That’s going to make it just a little bit more durable by way of technique as a result of Valtteri has a penalty additionally. Nonetheless, we are going to do all the pieces we are able to. Tomorrow is one other day. I hope it’s not loopy rain like this however interchangeable (circumstances) might be enjoyable.”
Whereas Hamilton was dissatisfied not to have the ability to match Verstappen and Russell on his remaining try, he says Norris may have demoted him even additional, given the tempo the McLaren was displaying as Mercedes discovered the circumstances difficult.
“In Q3 I believe my first lap was OK, however simply tough for everybody. Completely happy that Lando is OK — he was trying extremely fast. He in all probability would’ve been up right here with us, or possibly even squeezing me out — he had nice tempo as we speak. Hopefully he will get again on the street tomorrow.
“Only a difficult session for everybody with the rain, extra intense in several elements of the circuit. An actual battle, I might say, for us with our automotive as we speak. You’ve seen with Valtteri as nicely, the automotive was a little bit of a handful as we speak.”