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.

Wickens tops final Road America practice

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Robert Wickens showed the way in final practice for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix, topping the speed charts with a quick time of 1:42.991, the only time below 1:43 during the session.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, and Graham Rahal completed the top five.

The lone incident of the session came right at the end, when Zach Veach went for a spin exiting Bill Mitchell Bend (turn 13). However, Veach did not suffer any damage in the incident.

Times are below. Qualifying begins at 4:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. local time) and will air on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET.