Having certified fifth for Sunday’s Grand Prix, Hamilton endured a disastrous shootout session on Saturday forward of the dash, shedding his greatest time in Q1 to trace limits after which getting caught up with Max Verstappen on what would have been his final flying lap.
That left him 18th on the grid, and after a fraught race within the midfield that included a cost after a cease for slick tyres, he crossed the road out of the factors in tenth place.
“It was enjoyable,” he stated when requested by Autosport about his afternoon. “I simply had fun on the market, and it was simply having fun with myself. It was like being round Rye Home on a traditional weekend, simply having fun with your self.
“I had an ideal first lap. After which usually simply struggled with the stability of the automobile. If you get into moist situations, it highlights the problems you have got with the automobile, and people do not provide you with confidence.
“However in any other case, I transitioned to the slick manner too late. I do not actually like playing, and I did not, so I paid the worth for that. However in any other case, I am comparatively pleased with it.”
Hamilton admitted to some frustration on the potential end result he misplaced by having to begin 18th: “I believe I used to be comparatively fast this morning. So I believe I ought to have simply been within the high 5.
“After which within the race at this time, then I might have most likely been on the rostrum, or near the rostrum with the final tempo that we had. However wasn’t meant to be.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-23
Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images
“And so we simply loved ourselves within the race, misplaced just a few factors, nevertheless it’s not a very powerful of days at this time. We have a variety of studying. So hopefully we are able to take that into tomorrow.”
Relating to the type of his W14 he added: “I imply, we have not progressed it a lot this weekend. We’re additional behind this weekend than we had been within the final one. However yeah, it is nonetheless the identical automobile. We have simply acquired to maintain chipping away at it.”
Modifications to the dash laws this season have made Saturday a standalone occasion, with the end result not dictating the grid for the grand prix.
Regardless of his tough day, Hamilton stated: “It is good having one thing totally different. After we often have only a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the identical for each season – Jesus!
“I believe it is cool to have one thing totally different. Immediately is sort of an OK day. Hopefully, tomorrow is a greater day.”