Lewis Hamilton sounded a melancholy note after qualifying second behind title leader Max Verstappen for Sunday’s US Grand Prix.
In a thrilling finish to the session on Saturday, the Red Bull driver set the quickest lap, 0.2 seconds faster than Hamilton, ending Mercedes’ six-race winning streak at the Texas track.
After arriving in the United States buoyed by their growing pace, Mercedes’ confidence was dampened by concerns over engine dependability, and Verstappen taking pole might signify a shift in momentum.
“It started off good, felt pretty good through [the first practice session], then kind of bit by bit they’ve got faster and I don’t know if we’ve got slower, but yeah, it’s been a real struggle compared to normal here,” Hamilton said. “Part of it’s probably the heat on the tyres which I’m sure is affecting everyone, but yeah, it’s been a challenge.”
source : guardian sport