Hamilton ready for ' lots of opportunities'

View the Eifel GP at 1 ) 10pm on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday when Hamilton will certainly bid to take a record-equalling 91st victory from second on the main grid

By James Galloway

Last Updated: 10/10/20 7: 52pm

Lewis Hamilton says he will get their “head down” and work to use the “opportunities” he believes will show themselves in Sunday’s Eifel DOCTOR after losing out on pole place to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton had began each of the last five races from your head of the grid but dropped out to Bottas at the Nurburgring upon Saturday having unusually failed to panel faster in the decisive Q3 stage than Q2, when he directly set the pace.

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The six-time champion and name leader was not immediately sure precisely why he had dropped back in the final knockout section and added: “I’ll simply try to understand what happened today, inch he said. “Tomorrow is a lengthy race.

“We’ll observe tomorrow with the weather. It’s a great deal cooler here. Not the easiest spot to overtake either. But there could be plenty of opportunities, so I’ll be pushing tough. ”

While presence improved at the Nurburgring on Sunday to allow qualifying to take place after the termination of Friday practice, temperatures continued to be chillingly cold.

That is set to remain the case upon Sunday when, in one crucial outcome of the forced shortened schedule, groups and drivers will go into the competition without their usual banks associated with data from practice on tyre performance during heavier-fuel runs.

Hamilton told Sky F1: “It’s going to be a challenge whether it’s this cold or even colder the next day potentially.

“Usually the particular colder the track goes this moves more to wear at the front finish of the car more than the rear. In order to gets hot it’s the rear end that will struggles most. So , it will be fascinating to see how far we go the next day. ”

Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok analyses Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas’ and Lewis Hamilton’s qualifying laps at the Eifel GP

What about that Schumacher report?

Sunday’s race provides Hamilton a second chance to equal Erina Schumacher’s all-time wins record within F1.

His very first shot at achieving victory 91 was scuppered a fortnight back in Russia when time fines for incorrect practice starts lowered the Mercedes driver to 3rd place behind Bottas and Greatest extent Verstappen.

But whilst history this time looms at the routine considered Schumacher’s home venue within F1 and where the German excellent won five times, Hamilton states he maintains his focus on the particular wider picture.

“I’ve got my work cut-out the next day, ” he said in response to queries about the record.

“It’s not something I particularly consider. If and when it happens, it’ll be excellent – but right now these two [Bottas and Verstappen] are making it quite hard for me.

“I’m enjoying this battle I’m getting with these guys. ”

Lewis Hamilton qualified second at the Eifel DOCTOR behind Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

Hamilton’s compliment for Mercedes stand-ins

Mercedes locked out the front line for the 72nd time in F1 on the weekend when they have had to reshuffle some of their operations after two associates tested positive for coronavirus in front of the weekend.

In the wake up of the first positive test verified on Thursday, the whole team had been tested again with one more person recording a positive result, whilst another was inconclusive and waiting for a retest.

4 further team members, who all examined negative, were then isolated consistent with F1’s stringent protocols. Six substitutes were flown in from the team’s UK base to fill the particular roles at the Nurburgring.

Hamilton said that those called upward had done a “fantastic job” on Saturday and praised their own professionalism.

Mercedes manager Toto Wolff had said upon Friday Hamilton and Bottas every “almost need to live like a hermit” with the team limiting interaction involving the drivers and the wider team.

“What’s been difficult is definitely we’ve not been able to go actually in the garage and mingle and maintain that relationship going, ” mentioned Hamilton. “I think this entire Covid situation makes it a lot tougher to go keep that social connecting that you would normally have.

“But we’re still all centered on the same goal, so that’s excellent. ”