Hamilton topped each Q1 and Q2 for Mercedes in Sochi, and was the quickest driver on intermediates in Q3 earlier than vehicles got here in to change to slick tyres.
As Hamilton got here in to make the change, he clipped the wall at pit entry, leaving his Mercedes automobile with entrance wing harm and in want of a brand new one to be fitted.
Whereas Hamilton was in a position to finally get again out after shifting apart for team-mate Valtteri Bottas within the pits, he struggled to get his slick tyres as much as temperature, spinning into the wall within the ultimate sector on his final lap.
Regardless of the errors, Hamilton nonetheless certified fourth together with his preliminary time on intermediates, having seen Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz Jr and George Russell all jump ahead on slicks.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities within the pen after qualifying, Hamilton admitted the incident at pit entry was “only a mistake from myself” and never all the way down to his chilly tyres.
“In the end I am extremely disenchanted in myself,” Hamilton stated.
“Up till then, I used to be in a groove, I used to be actually within the zone. I am actually sorry for all of the group which are right here and again on the manufacturing unit, as a result of clearly that is not what you count on from a champion.
“It’s what it’s, and I will do my greatest tomorrow to try to rectify it.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
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Hamilton added that the grip ranges have been “horrible” as he tried to get temperature into his slick tyres upon returning to the observe, making the circuit really feel “very slippery”.
“I used to be dropping temperature within the lap, after which twice within the wall, that is very uncommon for me,” Hamilton stated.
Mercedes will be capable to exchange any damaged elements on Hamilton’s automobile forward of tomorrow’s race with out taking a penalty, as long as they’re the identical specification.
Regardless of lacking out on pole, the seven-time world champion can be seeking to capitalise on the truth that title rival Max Verstappen will begin final after a penalty for energy unit modifications.
“The fellows up entrance have gotten good tempo, and it positively will not be simple,” Hamilton stated.
“I am simply going to say my prayers and hope that the automobile might be mounted, and it is hopefully OK for tomorrow.
“These items are despatched to attempt us, and I really feel horrible proper now. However I will flip it right into a Positive, and attempt to do the perfect.
“However you’ve got received a Brit on pole, which is nice, so congrats to Lando.”