Lewis Hamilton says the reason he was unable to take pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix was because he still hasn't got the balance the way he wants it.

Hamilton suffered a spin in final practice this morning and while he was quickest in Q1, he trailed Rosberg in Q2 and then again in the all-important top-ten shootout, with the German faster on both of his laps.

Despite having to settle for second though, and despite being 0.267s slower, Hamilton still believes he can win on Sunday, although the importance of pole position at Barcelona cannot be underestimated and over the years it has been won from pole 18 times from 24 outings.

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"I genuinely didn't have the pace today," said Hamilton. "Nico did a great job and I didn't have the balance the way I like it but I did my best with it and I think tomorrow there is still a lot to play for."

Asked if his best opportunity will be at the start on Sunday, Hamilton replied: "It is one of the opportunities and also the pit-stops, as it is very difficult to overtake here as it has proved over the years, so we'll be thinking about it."

Meanwhile, Hamilton rejected any suggestions that he can be a bit cautious in the race, given he has a 27-point lead in the drivers' championship.

"Every race I do I am racing for the championship. [But] I don't think so," added the Mercedes pilot. "I think I will drive the same as I did last year as that seemed to serve me quite well.

"It may not have been the greatest weekend so far but it's not over yet - tomorrow is where it counts," concluded the 2008 and 2014 F1 World Champion.