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Hamilton searching for answers: I don't feel connected with the car

Lewis Hamilton was left disappointed with a P8 qualifying result for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with the Mercedes qualifying four places behind his teammate.

Lewis Hamilton was left looking for solutions after a P8 Formula 1 qualifying result at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. The Briton was unable to extract the same lap time as teammate George Russell, who qualified in P4 and expressed his hopes of a podium opportunity in Saudi Arabia. "George did a great job. Great result for him, and he was just able to get the car in a different place," Hamilton commented to media, including RacingNews365.com . "I just struggled to extract the performance from the car." When asked by RacingNews365.com if he had any specific setup issues with the car, Hamilton responded: "No, it's mostly me. And yeah, a little bit in the high-speed [sections] the car is a little bit unstable. "There's just one particular thing that I did differently [to Russell], maybe it'll be okay for tomorrow."

Hamilton was then asked if he had become frustrated with the general lack of performance in the Mercedes W14. "No, not really, I wouldn't say that. The car is where it is," added Hamilton. "George did a great job, he's right up there on the second row, so the car's obviously got performance. "I just don't feel connected to this car. No matter what I do, no matter what I change, I can't get confidence. I'm just at a bit of a loss with it."

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