Lewis Hamilton sends message to Max Verstappen after missing out on Brazilian GP pole

Lewis Hamilton couldn’t manage to post a faster lap than Max Verstappen or Sebastian Vettel despite winning his sixth world title last time out in the United States.

The Mercedes man has now outlined why he is more than pleased with his performance, after sending a message to his Red Bull rival.

“Congrats to Max, a great lap by him,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.

“We seemed to be quite competitive in P3 and then we seemed to lose in qualifying or they gained.

“Nonetheless I’m really happy I was able to divide the Ferraris, it’s always a tough challenge.

“We’re been down on power I guess compared to the others.

“I gave it absolutely everything.”

“My best lap of the session was the last one so, awesome.”

Hamilton believes that he posted his best lap of the session to grab hold of second-place on the grid, while mentioned his delight at forcing Charles Leclerc down to fourth.

Vettel will start one place ahead of his old rival as he attempts to win his second race of the season, and mentioned why he couldn’t get the better of Verstappen.

He said: “I had a bit of a wobble at the exit of the last corner on the last run, but Max improved his time so fair play. It’s his pole position.

“I’m happy with the front row, now we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.

“The car has been good, it got better through qualifying, so hopefully we can keep that momentum for the race.

“It will be difficult. Both Red Bull and Mercedes look a bit stronger managing tyres, but we are there for a reason.

“We’ve got the speed, we’ve got the power, so let’s see what the race brings. I’m carefully optimistic.”

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