Hamilton split the Red Bull drivers, with a time fractionally slower than Sebastian Vettel.
“I’m very, very happy with my lap. I saw in Q2 they were massively quicker, a second or nine tenths. I didn’t know where I would find that. I went into Q3 and pushed as hard as I could, and found everything. I found more time in the last sector. I did two laps consecutively and surprisingly the second lap was quicker”, he said.
“On that lap I was on the limit everywhere. I think I lost about a tenth at the last corner – I gained it on the way in and lost it on the way out – but still I’m really, really happy to be where I am.”
Hamilton added that Turn One isn’t a concern, but the dirty side of the grid is.
“I am not really concerned about the first corner, I’m more concerned about the dirty side of the grid. I did a launch from it in P3 and it is quite slippery. It is so wide in Turn 1, I don’t think much can go wrong, then again, I might be wrong!”