Lewis Hamilton’s search for his 50th pole position in Formula 1 continues after being edged out by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in Saturday’s qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Rosberg claimed his fifth pole position in a row after edging out Hamilton by less than one-tenth of a second in Q3, leaving the Briton to settle for P2 once again.
Hamilton took pole for 11 of the first 12 races in 2015, but has been stuck on 49 F1 pole positions since the Italian Grand Prix at the beginning of September thanks to Rosberg’s resurgence in form.
However, the Briton remains upbeat ahead of Sunday’s race as he looks to win the Brazilian Grand Prix for the first time.
“I might still be working on my 50th pole position, but it’s been looking closer this weekend for sure,” Hamilton said.
“Considering how this week has gone, I’m pretty happy with that. Q1 and Q2 were really good and I was trying to better them in Q3 – but it was such a fine line that it was really difficult to pull something out.
“I did go quicker on the last lap but I was already down a tenth and a half out of turn three, so that was the difference. It’s frustrating when you know you could have done better – but ultimately it’s just that one shot you have to make it count.
“What it does mean, with the gap so small, is that we will have an exciting race tomorrow. To win in front of the Brazilian fans would be something unique and special for me.”
The Brazilian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 10:30am ET on Sunday.