Lewis Hamilton said he just wasn’t quick enough after failing to reach the top 10 shoot-out in qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix.
Qualifying took place on a wet but drying track. However Hamilton said the conditions “weren’t difficult to judge” and he encountered other problems. “There was obviously a lot of people in the way, but generally we were just slow out there.”
Yuki Tsunoda and Lance Stroll are both under investigation for impeding Hamilton during the session. “There was a few of the others that got in the way on the previous laps,” said Hamilton. “Tsunoda, he was in the way a little bit, but it didn’t lose me time.”
“I was just slow today,” he admitted.
Hamilton had been more upbeat about his car’s potential following the two dry practice sessions on Friday. He admitted he was puzzled by his slump in performance on Saturday, after his team mate George Russell qualified third.
“I really don’t know,” said Hamilton. ”The car didn’t feel too great after P2. It felt great in P1 and I’ve just not had that feeling ever since. So I’m not really sure what it is.”
He believes he is “too far from the front runners” to challenge for a podium finish in tomorrow’s race and said he isn’t feeling confident about his chances. “The car has just been difficult. I’ll try and turn the negative from today into a positive tomorrow.”
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