Lewis Hamilton saw his bid for his fiftieth career pole position thwarted once more by team-mate Nico Rosberg at Interlagos on Saturday, with the three-time World Champion feeling he could have gone faster.
The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver admitted to trying to better his performances of Q1 and Q2 in Q3, but despite setting two extremely competitive lap times during the twelve minute session, he was beaten to top spot by Rosberg by just 0.078s.
“I might still be working on my 50th pole position – but it’s been looking closer this weekend for sure,” said Hamilton. “Considering how this week has gone, I’m pretty happy with that.
“Q1 and Q2 were really good and I was trying to better them in Q3 – but it was such a fine line that it was really difficult to pull something out. I did go quicker on the last lap but I was already down a tenth and a half out of turn three, so that was the difference.
“It’s frustrating when you know you could have done better – but ultimately it’s just that one shot you have to make it count. What it does mean, with the gap so small, is that we will have an exciting race tomorrow.
“To win in front of the Brazilian fans would be something unique and special for me.”