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Lewis Hamilton: “I don’t really mind being second”

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Lewis Hamilton was not disappointed to miss out on pole position in Mexico to his Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Nico Rosberg, feeling the long run down to the first corner will give him a good opportunity to take over at the front.

The 2015 World Champion feels the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has been evolving throughout the weekend, but knows any rain that may fall overnight, like it did ahead of Saturday’s running, will make it harder once more for the drivers.

“It was great out there today,” said Hamilton. “I really enjoyed driving and we have an amazing crowd here too. They’re constantly cheering, which is great to see.

“The track got grippier so it was more fun to drive and it was quite a relaxing qualifying session in general, with no real stress. At some races pole really makes a difference. But at this one it I don’t really mind being second because it’s an long, long way down to Turn 1 and I plan on getting a good start tomorrow.

“The track is evolving and improving bit by bit. I don’t know if it’s going to rain tonight but, if it does, it will clean the track and then we will be learning again tomorrow so that will be a real challenge.

“We don’t know what kind of strategy it’s going to be or how long the tyres will last – we’ll find out tomorrow! I’m looking forward to a good battle as it was very close today.”

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