Hamilton struggling with Mercedes car in the wet

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Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he is disappointed with fifth place during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix as he struggled to get to grips with the Mercedes W04 car in the wet conditions that graced Interlagos.

Hamilton’s best time in Q3 was almost 1.2 seconds slower than that of pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel and six-tenths down on teammate Nico Rosberg. Therefore, the Briton believes that the front row was well within his reach.

“Naturally I’m a little disappointed with fifth place as Nico’s position shows there was clearly potential for more today,” Hamilton said. “Wet sessions haven’t been too good for me this year and, although we made some changes going into qualifying, I’m struggling to get to grips with how the car works in these conditions. It’s getting better but there is still so much to learn.”

Nevertheless, Hamilton is confident that he can bounce back in the race tomorrow as Mercedes go head-to-head with Ferrari for second place in the constructors’ championship.

“We’ve got everything to play for in the race tomorrow and I hope to have a good fight out there and make some progress forward. Our aim of course is to finish ahead of the Ferraris and hopefully score enough points to secure our second place finish.”

Mercedes currently lead Ferrari by fifteen points in the constructors’ standings, meaning that a 28-point haul would be enough to secure the German marque second place regardless of their rival’s result.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.