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Lewis Hamilton believes he couldn’t have gone any quicker after qualifying second for Korean Grand Prix.
Having looked extremely quick in Friday’s practice sessions, Hamilton had hoped to take the fight to World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel and challenge him for pole on Saturday.
Mercedes are widely regarded to have one of the fastest cars in the sport and the Brit again showed his pace in qualifying, coming home second behind Vettel who is now the big favourite to win his fourth consecutive race.
Hamilton currently sits third in the standings and trails the German by 96 points with just six races left, so is likely to have to win on Sunday if he is to keep his title dreams alive.
Having finished second twice in Yeongam, the 28-year-old knows the circuit well and with his car looking extremely sharp so far this weekend, he must fancy his chances.
After an inconsistent opening start to the campaign, the former McLaren man has improved over the last few months, winning the Hungarian Grand Prix and the Brit admits he is pleased by how he is shaping up ahead of Sunday’s race.
“You always hope but we did as good a job as we could,” he said. “I felt like I got the most out of the car but perhaps there is always a little bit of room to improve.
“In general it has been a good weekend so far, so I hope tomorrow we are able to fight with them [Red Bull]. We will wait and see.”