For a while, things looked very good for Hamilton: his teammate George Russell, Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc were eliminated before Q3. Nevertheless, the Briton starts fourth, behind Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.
Despite only starting in fourth place, the seven-time world champion is satisfied with the result: "It was interesting, because during the session I started thinking, 'Damn, only yesterday I said I wouldn't get into Q3, and now I'm proving myself wrong.' It was a great session, and I was positively surprised at how competitive we were. I couldn't believe we were competing for the top three."
After the result in qualifying, the Mercedes driver is very ambitious ahead of the race: "My goal is to win somehow. I'm going to try to give everything and then I hope to get as far forward as possible."