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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton puzzled by Q3 issue in Mexican GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton qualified third in Mexico - but felt an issue in Q3 had hampered any further progress.

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Lewis Hamilton believes an issue with his Formula 1 power unit hindered any further progress up the grid for the Mexican Grand Prix.

With Mercedes on the pace in Mexico, Hamilton was a threat for Pole Position, and topped both Q1 and Q2 on Saturday but had his first effort deleted in Q3 for exceeding track limits at Turn 3.

His sole effort was then only good enough for third, just 0.005s behind teammate George Russell but 0.309s slower than pole-man Max Verstappen.

However, the seven-time World Champion believes an issue with the car cost him.

Hamilton: There was 'time on the table'

"[I had] some problems with the engine in Q3, but I'm not quite sure what it was," he explained to Sky Sports F1.

"But definitely, it felt like there was quite a bit of time left on the table, but still for us to be there and be that close is amazing and I think everyone at the factory should be really proud.

"I think still they [Red Bull] are ahead of us, but three tenths [of a second] is still a huge chunk.

"I don't know where that extra time came from but, as I said, I think there was a bit of time, but it wasn't three tenths, maybe it was a couple.

"We can still put some pressure on them with strategy tomorrow."

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