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Auto Shows Hamilton misses 100. Pole by 0.007 seconds: "Pretty chaotic session"

22:10  01 may  2021
22:10  01 may  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Lewis Hamilton has to continue to be patient: the Briton had in the qualifying to the Grand Prix of Portugal The chance to drive its 100th pole position and thus achieve a new milestone. But after a chaotic time hunting, it is missing at the end 0.007 seconds on teammates Valtteri Bottas.

"That was a difficult session," gives the World Cup-leading to protocol. "For everyone this is not so easy, as it is windy and the asphalt surface is pretty slippery." With up to 20 km / h, the wind cared at the Atlantic coast for difficult conditions.

Therefore, the seven-time world champion experienced a "pretty chaotic session". "Q1 was not good," he begins to analyze self-critical. Already his first fast round (1: 18.726 minutes) on the soft tire was deleted him due to the tracklimits in curve 1.

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Hamilton: had in the whole qualifying "just a good round"

at just nine minutes on the clock Hamilton was therefore at the end of the field without fast time. With a second shot full of cramps (1: 19.493 minutes), he pushed himself ranked five before he sat down on a fresh soft in the end.

"In Q2, I had only a good lap. I would even say that I had the entire session with only a good round." Specifically, in his second flying round on the medium, he managed a time in 1: 17.968 minutes - including three purple sector times.

He put a clear exclamation mark in Q2 and distanced the competition for half a second. Later is clear: Hamilton would have succeeded this time in a decisive Q3 attempt, he would have conveniently retracted the pole position.

Because the fabulous round in the second section was a whopping 0.380 seconds faster than the pole time from Bottas. "Q3 was pretty bad. Valtteri has made a great job in these conditions," the Briton must recognize.

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Both Mercedes drivers were able to put on the top in the first attempt on the soft tire in the first attempt, in the second run, both once again dared on the medium on the slopes - but none of the two could be his first Q3 time Underpart again.

Therefore, after the qualifying doubt, Hamilton reports to the tire strategy of Mercedes: "I do not think that was the right decision in the end." Because due to the smooth asphalt surface, which hardly demands the Pirelli pneus, the warm-up of the rubbers takes longer longer.

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"It's tricky because we all had to drive several laps. The tires are too hard for the route here, so they work on this surface so well. We had to drive all extra rounds To get them to temperature. "

Pirelli, as in the previous year, has set itself conservatively to the toughest three mixtures: C1 (Hard), C2 (Medium) and C3 (Soft). Hamilton does not seem to be enthusiastic about this choice: "We just did not really have good grip, could therefore not deliver great achievements."

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After the free training on Friday, the Briton suspected that the tires could be a crucial factor in qualifying and asked the selection of mixtures. After qualifying, his impression has been confirmed: "In the previous year, we already had a pretty similar problem here."

concretely: A very narrow work window of the tires. "That was the case again today, because in the third training it felt good and the Q2 round was solid. We were in the right window," explains Hamilton.

not only the tires determined at the end the outcome of the times hunt, even the wind played a role again. "You can just have unlucky," he knows. For example, when a windbeage caught from the rear of the curve input, the Mercedes pilot adds.

also team boss Toto Wolff knows in the 'ServusTV' interview: "It can get stupid with a gap. And then you leave one and a half tenth in a curve. So the times are very difficult to value."

"That's just a combination of many things," Hamilton at the end at the end attracts a mixed qualifying balance, "and today that from my side was generally not necessarily the cleanest and greatest laps."

"I only had one in Q2." Due to this fabile round on the medium he will go on Sunday on the yellow tire of starting place two to the third season race.

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