Lewis Hamilton revealed he suffered with a stomach ache following the previous round of the championship, but recovered in time for this weekend.Max Verstappen. Hamilton said he had a difficult start to the weekend at the unfamiliar Losail International Circuit.
“I had a bit of a stomach ache from Wednesday,” he revealed. “But I felt fantastic today, I slept really well last night, so that made a big difference.”
Hamilton ended Friday four-tenths of a second slower than pace-setting team mate Valtteri Bottas.
“Yesterday was a really difficult day for me,” he explained. “Actually Thursday and Friday I wasn’t feeling too well, and so I really struggled through throughout practice and I was just off yesterday.
“So I really had to dig deep, I was here ’til midnight last night, working with the engineers who also always work so late. They’re just such hard workers and found a lot of areas in which I can improve, made some changes for P3 and it seemed to work. Then, of course, you’ve got to try and carry that through into qualifying.”
The Mercedes driver praised his team’s tactics in ensuring he went out at the front of the queue during his final run, ensuring he didn’t encounter any traffic.
“I’m so grateful for the timings that they put us out on track,” said Hamilton. “We didn’t have any traffic and then that last lap was as beautiful, it was a really sweet lap. This track is amazing to drive, it’s incredibly fast, all medium and high speed corners. But it felt good.”
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