“I was just struggling with the car throughout the weekend, all day yesterday, today even into Q2. I made a couple of changes with some settings on the wheel and some changes to the line and managed to bridge the gap.
“Honestly I’m quite proud of the job I have done considering how far I was early in the session. Valtteri’s been quick all weekend, he deserved the pole.”
Hamilton said his team mate was “particularly quick in the first sector” at Shanghai. “I was experimenting throughout the session. Finally got the quickest sector in the end but a little bit too late.
“It’s all about making improvements. It wasn’t to do with tyre temperature it was just really to do with balance and getting the flow, utilising the grip in the right areas.”
“I’ve been struggling with the car, just battling the thing,” he added. “It’s obviously a great car this year. I think the first few races are always quite tricky with a new car. You’ll see it shifts a little bit later on in the season, you get a better understanding.”
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