Lewis Hamilton admitted “couldn’t go faster, mate” via his team radio during a drab qualifying for the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton will start the race from 10th position, while his teammate George Russell will begin from third place, behind Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen. The challenging tyre and temperature conditions on the new track caused Hamilton’s disappointing elimination in Q2. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff expressed his confusion about the situation and stated that getting the tyres into the right operating range was crucial. Hamilton complained about lack of grip, which hindered his performance during qualifying. He predicted a difficult race due to tyre graining and praised Ferrari’s performance. Wolff emphasized the need for Russell to manage his tyres effectively and praised Williams for their impressive qualifying results.