Lewis Hamilton at ‘fault’ in US GP qualifying and now in ‘danger zone’

Title-chasing Briton begins fifth, 4 locations behind team-mate Bottas; Watch the US GP reside solely on Sky Sports on Sunday

Lewis Hamilton took duty for under qualifying fifth for the US GP – with the Mercedes driver to begin in the ‘hazard zone’ for his try and clinch his sixth world title on Sunday.

Hamilton certified on the third row – his worst Q3 results of the season – in a session team-mate and sole title rival Valtteri Bottas impressively held off the Ferraris and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to return Mercedes to the entrance of the grid after a wait of eight races.

The Englishman has dominated the US GP in Austin, profitable 5 of the seven races held there, however couldn’t discover that type to move the grid on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Hamilton conceded: “Nothing to do with the automobile, simply me. I simply did not pull the laps out collectively in the present day and clearly the automobile had the aptitude to be on the entrance row and I simply did not do it in the present day.

“It’s my fault. But I’ll strive and rectify it [on Sunday].”

Although left disillusioned, fifth on the grid doesn’t significantly scale back Hamilton’s possibilities of turning into world champion for the sixth time in Sunday night’s race, which begins at 7.10pm on Sky Sports F1.

Were Bottas to win from pole, Hamilton would require a most of eighth place to settle issues – one thing he has achieved in all however one race this season.

Nonetheless, the five-time champion is definitely somewhat additional again in the pack that he would have preferred heading into what’s often one of the crucial thrilling first laps of the season.

“Lewis will know full effectively that third row of the grid is the hazard zone heading up into that first nook,” stated Sky F1’s Martin Brundle.

“It begins large and then narrows.

“He’ll need to stay out of trouble.”

Paul Di Resta added: “There could be 10 cars wide at the Apex at Turn One. You know how good the Ferrari’s starts are, you know how good their straight-line speed is. Max will be in there, he’ll be inch perfect. I’m looking forward to it.”

Can Hamilton nonetheless win from fifth?
With Mercedes typically nonetheless the quickest automobile in race trim, Hamilton can definitely at least goal a robust podium end from the place he begins even when the drivers straight forward of him – Leclerc, Verstappen and Vettel – could have their very own sights set on difficult Bottas for victory.

Hamilton stated: “Honestly I’m not attempting to consider that proper now.

“I’m simply attempting to digest what’s simply occurred and then I’ll transfer onto [the race] afterward.”

The dominant driver of the season, with 10 wins and the championship lead since May, Hamilton can definitely not be counted out of the combat.

“Lewis simply hasn’t appeared fairly in the zone and the automobile has appeared edgy,” said Di Resta. “But like he stated, if he had carried out an ideal lap he would have been on pole but it surely’s simply not occurred.”

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