• Chinese GP - Qualifying

Hamilton could have gone faster

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Lewis Hamilton is convinced he could have taken pole position by an even bigger margin at the Chinese Grand Prix had he not made a mistake in the middle of the lap.

Hamilton was untouchable in the wet conditions, qualifying over 0.5s quicker than his nearest rival Daniel Ricciardo and over 1.2s quicker than his team-mate Nico Rosberg. He put most of his advantage down to his Mercedes car and said he could have gone even quicker without a mistake under acceleration coming out of Turn 10.

"Our car is great and there is a long straight out the back so we will gain some time down there compared to the others for sure," he said. "The lap could have been faster because I lost a little bit of time through Turn 10, so at the end I was like 'How're the times looking?' But I'm ecstatic and really happy for the team so hopefully tomorrow we can have a good race."

Hamilton said there was a degree of relief with his performance after making set-up changes overnight.

"This weekend started off with some troubles in FP1, which really put us on the back foot and FP2 was a real disaster for me. Then we made changes overnight in anticipation for a dry day and it rained. I don't know what it will be like for tomorrow, it could be good it could be bad, but I was able to pull out a good lap in the wet which is always comforting."

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