Hamilton upbeat despite losing perfect qualifying record

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MONTMELO – Lewis Hamilton remained upbeat following qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday despite losing his perfect run of pole positions in 2015.

Hamilton entered this weekend’s race in Barcelona with four pole positions from the first four races, but was forced to settle for second place on the grid on Saturday after finishing two-tenths of a second down on Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in Q3.

The Briton failed to improve his time at the end of the session, but felt that there was still plenty to play for despite overtaking being notoriously difficult at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

“I don’t think I was on the back foot at any other stage, I just generally didn’t have the pace today,” Hamilton admitted.

“Nico did a great job and generally I don’t know if I had the balance to my liking but I did the best with it and tomorrow, there is still a lot to play for.”

Hamilton has been particularly strong at the start of races in 2015, and believes that he could jump Rosberg heading on the run to the first corner on Sunday.

“Hopefully, yeah, it is always one of the opportunities,” he said when asked about the start. “You have that and some of the pit stops.

“It is very, very difficult to overtake here. I haven’t even started thinking about that yet.”

The Spanish Grand Prix is live on NBCSN from 7:30am ET on Sunday.