Lewis Hamilton says he isn't viewing his lacklustre run to third position on the grid for the Singapore Grand Prix as a disaster, insisting he has spent much of his season on the back foot anyway.
Coming into the weekend with a slimmed two point margin over Nico Rosberg in the overall standings, Hamilton stands to potentially lose his title lead to the German after qualifying a distant third in Singapore, seven tenths down on his in-form Mercedes team-mate.
On a weekend that has seen Hamilton struggle to hook up clean laps when it matters, the defending champion nonetheless says he is unperturbed by the disappointing outcome, suggesting it is just one more thing for him to manage in a season that he feels he has spent on the 'back foot'.
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“It wasn't really a frustrating session, it just hasn't been my weekend so far,” he said. “I haven't been able to get many good laps out there and not been able to string them together and that was the case today.”
“I've kind of been on the back foot all year long. No real difference for me and I'll do the best job I can from here and it's a very hard track to overtake, but there are lots of safety cars at this race so lots can happen during the race.
“Nico did a great job to show the true potential of the car and hopefully tomorrow I'll try and at least get one step up ahead to get that front row for the team.”
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Having not had the chance to complete a long run this weekend after technical problems at a crucial moment in FP2, Hamilton admits he is coming into the race somewhat blind on that front.
“I've not really looked at the long runs and obviously I didn't get to do the long runs yesterday, so I'm not sure if Nico did some running and our cars are set up a little bit different. I don't think our car is in a bad position, but I'll find out tomorrow for the first time.”
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