Lewis Hamilton says he has been “fighting and struggling” with his Mercedes car all weekend at the practice and qualifying sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix, as he heads into the race on Sunday second on the grid behind his team-mate, Valtteri Bottas.
With both drivers performing well in Q3, at one point there was just 0.007 seconds between their laps. However, Bottas rallied in his second lap and eventually claimed pole with a time 0.023 seconds ahead of Hamilton.
"[Ferrari] are particularly quick on the straights but it's evident this weekend we've managed to pull some performance from the corners, so just great work from the guys back at the factory,” he added.
Hamilton has won more Chinese GP races than any other driver, having emerged victorious on five occasions.
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