Lewis Hamilton explains why he was to blame for ragged US Grand Prix qualifying


Lewis Hamilton will start the US Grand Prix in fifth.

US Grand Prix starting line-up

Lewis Hamilton insists the blame is on him following an out of sorts qualifying at the US Grand Prix.

Hamilton will start fifth today, four places behind his Mercedes team-mate and pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas.

It’s a first Mercedes pole position in eight races, though Hamilton will have some work to do if he is to win in Austin.

The Brit, who could seal his sixth world championship today, was not blaming anyone else for his poor performance in qualifying.

Hamilton said: “Nothing to do with the car, just me.

“I just didn’t pull the laps out together today and clearly the car had the capability to be on the front row and I just didn’t do it today.

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

Hamilton will still have his sets sight on winning the title though in Texas.

Should team-mate Bottas win the race, Hamilton would require a maximum of eighth place to secure the crown.

Hamilton said: “Honestly I’m not trying to think about that right now.

“I’m just trying to digest what’s just happened and then I’ll move onto [the race]later on.”

Martin Brundle has warned Hamilton of the dangers he faces by starting in fifth position.

“Lewis will know full well that the third row of the grid is the danger zone heading up into that first corner,” said Brundle.

“It starts wide and then narrows. He’ll need to stay out of trouble.”

The 2019 United States Grand Prix is set to begin at 7.10 pm GMT on Sunday.

US Grand Prix starting line-up

1. Valtteri Bottas

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Max Verstappen

4. Charles Leclerc

5. Lewis Hamilton

6. Alexander Albon

7. Carlos Sainz Jr

8. Lando Norris

US Grand Prix starting line-up


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