Lewis Hamilton says he is happy after qualifying in third place for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Hamilton edged out Romain Grosjean to ensure that he will start the race as the main challenger to Red Bull.
“I am really happy with P3 on the grid and the team has done a great job this weekend, so thank you to everybody for their hard work,” he said.
“It seems to me that we have a better package here than we’ve had for a while and the car felt awesome to drive. The wind direction changed around from yesterday’s practice session and that changed the characteristics of the circuit, which felt like it had much more grip.”
“Third place is a strong result from Qualifying but the Red Bulls were just out of reach today. Managing the tyre degradation will be key tomorrow so hopefully we can get a good start from the clean side of the grid, then see what we can do from there against the guys in front.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg will start from sixth place.
“It was a good lap but it’s annoying when you step out of the car and the gap to the cars ahead is so close,” he said.
“I have put my set-up more towards tomorrow afternoon, so I’m quite confident about what will be a challenging race for the tyres. P6 is not a bad position to start from and I will try to climb some places up the order.”
“Qualifying always involves some compromises in terms of set-up but we saw in Korea that it was working out quite well for me in the race until my wing broke. I hope we have found the same good balance between qualifying and race performance this weekend.”