Lewis Hamilton explained away his scruffy qualifying session in Baku saying he wasn’t able to get into a rhythm at the wheel of his Mercedes.
The world champion went off several times during qualifying and eventually crashed in Q3 before he had set a time, leaving him tenth on the grid.
Hamilton told reports in Baku it was “just a rough session” for him.
“Just one of those sessions that you don’t need,” he added. “But these kind of days come and go and you just have to take the rough with the smooth.”
“The car was generally good, I just wasn’t able to get into the rhythm today,” Hamilton said. “Just wasn’t in it, just wasn’t hitting the apexes, wasn’t hitting the right braking zones, none of it was in the right places”.
His team mate Nico Rosberg will start the race from pole position and Hamilton believes that will give the points leader an easy run to victory.
“I highly doubt that I can win the race but I’ll do my best to try and gain as many points as I can,” he said.
“Nico’s got a pretty easy run at the front, we’ve got more pace than we were expecting so as long as he gets a good start he’ll begone into the distance. My job is to just try and get through the big tangle of guys that I have.”
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