Lewis Hamilton concedes his qualifying session in Austin was hampered by problems with his brakes, but insists Nico Rosberg was just too good on the day…
Lewis Hamilton concedes his qualifying session in Austin was hampered by problems with his brakes, but insists Nico Rosberg was just too good on the day.
Although Hamilton was fastest in all three practice runs, the Championship pacesetter will start behind his Mercedes team-mate for the second consecutive race after he failed to put together a perfect lap during Q3 on Saturday.
The 29-year-old’s best effort at the Circuit of the Americas was 0.376s slower than Rosberg’s pole time of 1:36.067.
Hamilton, though, complained about his brakes throughout qualifying and he admits it was problematic.
“Nico did a great job,” he said. “I was struggling with braking. The left brake was always about 100 degrees less than the right, and kept catching, no matter what I did – even if I braked earlier, it was still locking.
“Perhaps that’s where I lost a lot of the time. Even if that was the case Nico was quicker today. Potentially [the braking] is a problem for the race so we need to see if they can scrub them down or something.”