Hamilton: I got everything out of the car in qualifying

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Lewis Hamilton is pleased to have qualified in second place for this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix, believing that he did all that he could to stop Sebastian Vettel from claiming a third consecutive pole position even if that task proved to be too much for the Briton.

Hamilton was the only of the front runners to improve his time with his second run in Q3, allowing him to move ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull’s Mark Webber and put his Mercedes on the front row of the grid. In his eyes, this was all that he and the team were capable of.

“I’m really happy with second position today as it felt like I got everything out of the car today,” Hamilton said after qualifying. “The guys have done a great job to get the package as it is here: we came into the weekend knowing that Red Bull had an advantage, so to be as close as I am in terms of performance is a real positive. Hopefully we have closed the gap a little bit.”

In recent weeks, Mercedes have struggled to match the pace of Red Bull and even Ferrari, failing to win a race since the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break and scoring just one podium in that space of time.