Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ entrance row begin for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is a “monumental consequence” amid its tough weekend in Baku.
After Friday observe, the reigning world champions gave the impression to be in hassle as each Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas languished outdoors the highest ten.
Nonetheless, Saturday noticed a extra constructive outing for Mercedes, as Hamilton managed to seize second place on the grid, two-tenths down on pole-sitter Charles Leclerc.
Hamilton says Mercedes was not anticipating such a high-starting place, regardless of the quite a few modifications it has made since observe concluded.
“That was okay, I feel! We positively weren’t anticipating that, and that is such a monumental consequence for us as a result of we’ve been struggling such as you couldn’t imagine all weekend,” Hamilton stated.
“You’ll be able to see it. We saved our composure and continued to have tough conversations within the background and difficult each other and simply by no means taking ‘no’ for a solution.
“We’ve moved round, made so many modifications over these two days, simply chasing your tail.
“It’s been so tough, however the work in a single day and particularly between the 2 periods was superb from the staff and I’m actually happy with everybody and protecting constructive.”
Mercedes was adamant on Friday that it possessed a stronger automobile in race trim in comparison with its single lap tempo, leaving Hamilton assured that the staff will be within the combine for victory on Sunday.
“It’s like the largest problem, I feel, that we’ve had in a very long time, attempting to grasp what the automobile actually desires,” Hamilton stated.
“She’s not been comfortable all weekend. It’s been a little bit of a catastrophe. So for us to be up right here and even for Valtteri to be within the prime 10, that’s an enormous leap and that’s simply actually right down to nice, nice, nice teamwork.
“Our race tempo is rather a lot higher than our single lap tempo. We’re miles off in a single lap and rather a lot nearer in race tempo.
“We don’t perceive why, however I’d prefer to suppose hopefully we’re in that very same place so we will take the struggle to those guys tomorrow.”
Bottas, within the sister Mercedes automobile, failed to finish his closing lap in Q3 because of a crimson flag, which means the Finn will line up in tenth on Sunday’s beginning grid.