‘I can’t connect with this car’

The seven-time world champion could only set the eighth-fastest time in qualifying as he remained well off the pace of Mercedes teammate George Russell, who was an encouraging fourth. Hamilton was slower than Russell in two of the three practice sessions in Jeddah and ended up almost half a second adrift of the younger Briton by the end of Q3. “I struggled with the car in the high-speed particularly,” Hamilton told Sky. “But just don’t feel the car beneath me. I don’t feel connected to this car and I can’t get it, so I don’t really know what I’m doing to do about…

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