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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton lost for answers after latest Mercedes failure in Abu Dhabi

The Mercedes driver will only start from 11th on the grid after failing to make it into Q3 for the fourth time this year.

Lewis Hamilton is lost for answers over Mercedes' lack of pace at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after being eliminated in Q2 for 11th on the grid.

The five-time Yas Marina winner failed to make Q3 for the fourth time this season, after making only a minor improvement on his final Q2 lap, opening the door for team-mate George Russell to knock him out.

Hamilton struggled in the final sector, appearing not to get any traction through Turns 13 and 14 under the hotel, and reported to race engineer Peter Bonnington that "there is something not right with this car."

Hamilton: I don't have any answers

Russell will start from fourth on the grid and has looked comfortably ahead of Hamilton throughout the weekend, with the Mercedes driver left bemused over his lack of pace.

"I don't have any answers. Honestly, at this point it is what it is," Hamilton told Sky Sports.

"We set our cars up the same, but they don't read the same so there is something not right on our side.

"I'm sure we'll deep dive into it, but all weekend I've struggled with the car."

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