Lewis Hamilton appeared unperturbed at losing pole to team mate Nico Rosberg in Brazil, and said there was nothing to be read into the German’s run of form.
This is the fifth race in a row where Rosberg has emerged on top on Saturday.
“I’ve had the most poles of the year and I’ve won the World Championship,” said Hamilton. “So there’s nothing really to read into it. You don’t always get it right; you can’t always get it perfect every single time.
“It was good today, actually. I got a really balance with the car, I was very happy with the work we did with the engineers, the laps were looking quite good, very good through Q1 and Q2 and just Q3, I just wasn’t able to find that small bit of edge. I think at the end I didn’t maximise the first sector but the other two sectors were OK.”
Hamilton has never won in Brazil, but he played down the significance of that as a target for this weekend.
“Well, my main job is done this year, so it’s not the most important thing, but of course that’s the target. I’ve come here, a circuit that I haven’t actually won at, so… last year I was strong in the race and I hope to be able to carry that through to tomorrow and try and see if I can make the difference.”