Lewis Hamilton says he did “a damn good job” to put his Mercedes on the third row of the grid for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix.
His younger teammate, George Russell, was only able to manage 12th as he complained of a sudden loss of performance between Friday and Saturday.
Hamilton admitted that his W13 remains a “very hard car to drive”, despite Russell having been quickest during Friday practice, but was delighted with his qualifying performance.
Hamilton: I did the best I could
It comes after a difficult start to the season for the seven-time World Champion, who has faced criticism for how his results have stacked up against that of his teammate.
“I am generally really happy with the job I did today,” said Hamilton, speaking to select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.
“I did the best I could with the car that I have – it’s a very hard car to drive.
“One of the French media guys was saying I’m not performing so well. I did a damn good job today and I’m happy with it.”
Hamilton confused by Mercedes’ slump
Despite feeling content with his own performance, Hamilton admitted that Mercedes are at a loss to explain what happened to their overall pace after Russell topped Friday practice.
“It’s a bit confusing with yesterday’s pace; we don’t know why we were looking faster than we really were,” added Hamilton.
“Today it was a bit of a surprise to see in [final practice] we were quite far back. It was a bit nerve-wracking going into qualifying.
“We’ve not really taken a step forward or anything, but we’ve just got to keep on working.”