Admitting that the McLaren MP4-25 does not have the pace of the Ferrari and Red Bull machines, Lewis Hamilton described his qualifying performance as “overwhelming” and was pleased to be starting tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix in fourth. On the other side of the garage, team mate Jenson Button wasn’t quite as happy, believing there was something wrong with his car.
I was actually surprised with that result. We generally don’t have the same pace as the Red Bulls and the Ferraris so I was really surprised when I came through.
I saw that I was P4 but I didn’t know that there was loads of people behind me. I am absolutely overwhelmed with that position, I think that’s great for us, a great starting point and I hope tomorrow we can just either keep that position or take one more tomorrow.
We have got a lot of downforce to find, but I know the guys back at the factory are pushing very hard, and this is much better position to start from than we did last year so I can only be grateful and just keep working with the guys to push us forward. Lewis Hamilton.
It was getting better every run I did and I was getting more comfortable with the car. I really struggled with the fronts locking this afternoon – very different to this morning.
Through quali it was getting better and better and then in the last run something was a bit wrong. Something felt wrong, so we are going to have a look at the car now and see what that is. I’m surprised I was eighth actually because it was struggling around the last lap.
I think Red Bull are very, very fast and even the Ferraris couldn’t stay with them in qualifying.
My first run in Q2, I was in traffic and the second one was a bit better. It was getting better and better every lap so I was reasonably happy but yeah, at the end it wasn’t so good and something just feels a little bit wrong so we need to look at that. Jenson Button.
Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix in fourth, while Jenson Button could only manage eighth in qualifying.