"But the car was feeling good and just… Q2 run one was really solid, the second run was not so great and then the next two were just so-so."
Kevin Magnussen and Robert Kubica face a wait to see if they will take part in the race, having crashed in Q1 heading onto the pit straight – an area Hamilton pinpointed as being made trickier by the high winds at the circuit.
He said: "It's super gusty out there so just picking your point where place the car, it makes it a little bit trickier where you want to place the car.
"You have to back off at some places but you can push more at others so it definitely is very tricky out there particularly the last corner."
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