‘I’ve been struggling and fighting the car all weekend’: Lewis Hamilton frustrated despite qualifying second behind Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas for the Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton remains frustrated by his Mercedes despite the team securing a front-row lock-out at the Chinese Grand Prix.

World champion Hamilton, only fourth quickest in third practice, qualified in second at the Shanghai International Circuit, next to team mate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton feels he is gradually getting up to speed, and is hopeful of claiming victory in the 1,000th Formula One race on Sunday.

Hamilton said: ‘Big congratulations to Valtteri, he’s been stellar all weekend. I’ve been struggling and fighting the car all weekend.

‘We’ve been chipping away, I’m much happier as at one point it was eight tenths. To be as close as we were at the end is fantastic.

‘It’s an incredible result for the team. There’s a little bit more time left on the table but I’ll try and again tomorrow.

‘Ferrari are particularly quick on the straights but it’s evident this weekend we’ve managed to pull some performance from the corners, so just great work from the guys back at the factory.’

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