Lewis Hamilton played down Nico Rosberg's recent form after the German driver collected his fifth successive pole position at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Hamilton claimed 11 pole positions during the opening 12 races but has since missed out on top spot, with Rosberg fastest in the most recent qualifying sessions.
"It was good today, actually," he said. "I got a really balance with the car, I was very happy with the work we did with the engineers, the laps were looking quite good, very good through Q1 and Q2 and just Q3, I just wasn’t able to find that small bit of edge.
"I think at the end I didn’t maximise the first sector but the other two sectors were OK.
"My main job is done this year, so it’s not the most important thing, but of course that’s the target. I’ve come here, a circuit that I haven’t actually won at, so… last year I was strong in the race and I hope to be able to carry that through to tomorrow and try and see if I can make the difference."
Hamilton was pushed further on why Rosberg has held the upper hand in qualifying across the most recent races and reiterated his stance.
"I’ve had the most poles of the year and I’ve won the World Championship so there’s nothing really to read into it," he explained.
"You don’t always get it right; you can’t always get it perfect every single time."