Lewis Hamilton believes the long run to the first braking point at the Sochi Autodrom will allow his rivals to give him a tough time at the start of tomorrow’s race.
“I’m really grateful that I got the pole here, for the first time,” he said after qualifying. “It’s going to be tough tomorrow, it’s a long lead down to turn one, so we’ll find out how that works out.”
Having been the fastest driver at the end of practice Hamilton said the conditions in qualifying were surprisingly tricky.
“It wasn’t the easiest of sessions,” he said. “Obviously these guys were looking quite strong and just hooking up a good lap, for some reason, wasn’t the same as practice.”
Hamilton made a mistake during practice, spinning at turn 17. However he said it wasn’t the case that Sochi’s off-camber corners were catching drivers out.
“I don’t necessarily think they invite errors,” he said. “At the end of the day we’re pushing all the time so you’re going to see those mistakes, or hiccups, occur all the time. But they’re generally easy to recover from.”
“I really think that tomorrow’s going to be a good race for people to watch,” he added.
“You’ve got the long straights which you can follow with the DRS and it’s nice and wide so therefore you should be able to follow quite nicely. It could be one of the better races that we’ve had for a long time.”
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