Lewis Hamilton insists that he was not disappointed to miss out on pole position at Interlagos, and is confident that he can turn things around in the race.
Hamilton has been behind Nico Rosberg all weekend, but in the end he lost pole by a tiny margin after a locking up moment.
“It was great fun,” said Hamilton. “Nico did a great lap and I lost a little bit of time in Turn 10 and perhaps a tiny bit in Turn One. But it was great – just having to keep on going out and fighting. That’s what qualifying is all about and it should always be that kind of gap, that close. So, really exciting and I hope people enjoyed that.
“And then, of course pole position is the best place to start here but it’s a long race tomorrow. It should be quite exciting with all the pit stops and the weather we don’t really know, so I’m here, I want to win, just as much as anyone else here, so I’m going to work as hard as I can tomorrow and hope we get have a race at least.”
Lewis is not interested in second place: “I’ve come here to win so the priority target as always to try and win the race. Of course, on top of that, I want the team to have another one-two which is going to be our target. We know the Williams are very close. Hopefully we’ll have a good battle tomorrow.”
Hamilton did of course enjoy the biggest day of his career in Brazil, when he won the 2008 title, but he says that he’s not looking back.
“I’ve not really thought too much about the past here but, as I said, I’m here to win. Going to try to get off the line as quick as possible tomorrow and if I have a shot into Turn One tomorrow, I’ll take it.
“Otherwise, it’s a long race, 71 laps here. There should be several, two or stops, so lots can go on during the race. So I’m generally excited and it’s not the only opportunity off the start. We just, as I’ve said at all races, I just hope that we can race at least.”