Lewis Hamilton says he is entering Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix with “no real tactics” for the battle with Mercedes teammate and Formula 1 championship rival Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton stormed to his 10th pole position of the 2016 season in qualifying at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday afternoon, finishing two-tents of a second clear of the field.
Rosberg left it late to snatch second place on the grid, ensuring he will be alongside his teammate for the race start.
With drivers struggling for grip and to keep their tires alive in qualifying, Hamilton said he was delighted to take pole in Mexico.
“It’s always a tough battle. Trying to pull out the perfect laps when it counts is always the difficult thing, particularly with these tires,” Hamilton said.
“Sometimes it’s on the first lap, sometimes it’s on the second lap when the tires are ready. Definitely very challenging, as this track always is.
“This track has got a lot better because there’s a lot of grip on the track now. Last year we were sliding around a lot more. Today it feels more like a race track which is great.”
Hamilton trails Rosberg by 26 points at the top of the drivers’ championship, but says he heads into the race with no real plan on how to deal with his teammate besides winning the race.
“There is no real tactic,” Hamilton said.
“Turned up to do the job, and I’m going to try and do the same thing as I did last week here.
“So far this weekend’s gone well, and I’m looking forward to the race.
“The long runs seem good and the car feels great. I’m just looking forward to getting out on track.”
The Mexican Grand Prix is live on NBC from 2:30pm ET on Sunday.