Lewis Hamilton has explained what he meant by comments he made after the Sprint Qualifying race, in which he said he had 'hit the target' while accelerating off the start line.
Hamilton, who had been at the front of the grid for the 17 lap race, didn't make a particularly good start and was jumped into Turn 1 by Red Bull's Max Verstappen. He was never able to regain the lead, with Verstappen taking pole position for the Sunday Grand Prix as a result. Hamilton, speaking straight after the session, told media that he had 'hit the target' for the race start, and explained what that meant afterwards.
"Well, we have a target position that you have to hit with your clutch and that’s what the goal is always to be on target, and I was on target, so I did what I was supposed to do but it didn’t deliver, for whatever reason," Hamilton told the media, cinluding RacingNews365 after the session.
"I don’t know why. Had a lot of wheelspin and the rest is history.
"It was terrible, so of course it could be better."
Hamilton threw everything at the leading Red Bull over the first half of the race, but faded slightly in the latter half to just over two seconds behind Verstappen. The reigning Champion admitted he just couldn't do any more.
"Yeah, trying everything obviously to get by. They were just too quick," he said.
"They were just too fast today.
"I can’t say I particularly enjoyed it too much – but it’s nice to have more races for sure."