Lewis Hamilton needs to be cautious after his disastrous qualifying display for the United States Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton has been warned about the Circuit of the Americas track by Martin Brundle after his worst Q3 result of the season.
The Mercedes man has qualified in fifth spot with Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen at the front, but he is still likely to win his sixth world title.
Despite his comfortable position in the drivers’ standings, Brundle has warned Hamilton to stay out of trouble.
“Lewis will know full well that the third row of the grid is the danger zone heading up into that first corner,” said Sky F1’s Martin Brundle.
“It starts wide and then narrows.
“He’ll need to stay out of trouble.”
The 34-year-old shouldered the blame for the disappointing position on the grid for Sunday’s race, and admitted that he is in need of a big performance.
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].”
Sky Sports pundit Paul Di Resta also gave his thoughts on the dangers around the opening lap, and mentioned the threat posed by both Red Bull and Ferrari.
He said: “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.”
The 2019 United States Grand Prix is set to begin at 7.10 pm GMT on Sunday.