Hamilton 'gave it everything' in US GP qualifying

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Hamilton 'gave it everything' in US GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton was forced to settle for second place on the grid for Sunday's United States Grand Prix, after a mighty final lap from Red Bull rival Max Verstappen left him just over two tenths shy of the top spot.

It's the first time that Mercedes has failed to clinch pole at the Circuit of the Americas since 2013, and left Hamilton apologising to the Mercedes pit wall over the team radio for falling short.

But despite his evident disappointment, Hamilton was insistent that he'd produced everything he possibly could have done from the car on the day.

"I gave it everything today," he told former US motor racing star turned commentator Danica Patrick in parc ferme after the end of qualifying, adding that he had extracted all there was to get on his final lap.

"I was happy with my last lap. Of course there's always areas that we can improve, but I think that was pretty much everything we had.

"It was a bit of a struggle through qualifying," he continued, suggesting that the team had struggled ever since topping first practice. "I think from FP1 onwards we kind of fell back a little bit.

"Those guys were incredibly quick through qualifying," he said in reference to Verstappen and his Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez, who ended up third fastest at the end of Saturday afternoon's session.

Even though he will start the race sandwiched between hi two rivals - wand with his own team mate Valtteri Bottas demoted to ninth by an engine change penalty - Hamilton still reckons there's plenty to play for in the race.

"We'll just work as hard as we can tomorrow," he stated, adding that second place on the grid was a good spot to launch an attack on the polesitter in the run uphill to turn 1.

"It's good positioning for tomorrow so hopefully it'll be a good race down to turn 1," he argued. Asked for his plan for the start, Hamilton said: "To win the race and to give [the fans] the best race they've seen!"

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Sainz expected second Q2 run on mediums to be faster

Carlos Sainz will be an outlier among the top ten on Sunday's US Grand Prix grid as the... The post Sainz expected second Q2 run on mediums to be faster appeared first on F1i.com.

Sainz expected second Q2 run on mediums to be faster

Carlos Sainz will be an outlier among the top ten on Sunday's US Grand Prix grid as the Ferrari charger, who qualified P6, will be one of only two drivers who will start their race on the soft compound tyre.

Sainz's plan in qualifying was to follow his rivals' lead and launch his race shod with Pirelli's medium rubber, but the Spaniard's crucial second run in Q2 on the yellow-rimmed tyre proved slower than his first run on the red-walled softs. It wasn't what he expected.

Sainz pointed to a sudden and untimely pick-up of the wind as the reason for his thwarted effort that derailed his tyre plans.

"We need to analyze what we should have done differently in Q2, because we elected to do the first run in Q2 with the softs, expecting the track to get better, and then do the second run on the medium," he told Sky F1.

"But for some reason the wind picked up massively and I couldn't improve on the medium.

"For some reason I went out and in the exit of Turn 1, I had a huge gust of tailwind through the esses, and if you look at everyone who did two mediums [runs], on the second medium, no one went quicker.

"So the track definitely got a bit slower there, and it was just enough for me to improve my soft lap.

"So we'll start on the soft and tomorrow I think I'm going to be the only one out there on the soft tyres."

Actually, Sainz won't be the only one in the first half of the field blasting off the grid on softs as AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda will also start his race on the softest compound.

But from P6, Sainz and teammate Charles Leclerc who qualified fifth will move up to P5 and P4 respectively as a result of the five-spot grid penalty handed to Valtteri Bottas.

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The Ferrari drivers will therefore have an upper hand at the outset over their McLaren rivals whom they are fighting for a podium spot in the championship.

However, Sainz is expecting a fierce fight with the papaya cars on Sunday.

"It's going to be a tight battle," he said. "Today we were within a tenth, and in race pace we look to be within a tenth.

"If our tyres last then we know that they are better with tyre degradation and they have a bit more strategy and flexibility than us because they are better on tyres.

"But today we did the homework, we put two cars in front of them and we're going to race them from there. It's going to be exciting!"

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