The Mercedes driver has struggled to match team-mate George Russell for pace this weekend and despite holding a commanding 11-9 lead in the qualifying head-to-head two races ago, has drawn 11-11 at the conclusion of the season.
“Not great. Just struggling with balance,” he told Sky Sports F1. “I don’t have any answers and honestly at this point, it is what it is. I mean we set our cars up the same but they don’t read the same so there’s something not quite right on our side.
“I’m sure we’ll deep dive into it but I’ve been awful all weekend, struggled with the car. Two elevenths. Take some good going for me not to get into Q3 so I’ll try and make my way up tomorrow.”
The Silver Arrows should have more inspiring race pace, but the Yas Marina circuit is far from the easiest to overtake around on the calendar.
Just four points separate Ferrari from Mercedes heading into the final race of the season on Sunday.
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