In his previous 11 visits, Hamilton has won only once and taken pole only twice - a moderate record for arguably the sport's fastest qualifying driver. His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas has one pole and one podium finish from five starts in the sprawling and tumbling semi-bowl where a packed crowd generates a carnival mood. Even though we had the base performance to do better," said Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff. It is, as four-time champion Alain Prost observed, a tricky moment for the champion even as he seeks his record-increasing 82nd pole and Mercedes' 100th in F1. "His motivation was to win the fifth title and now, and for next year, it is a personal feeling about what he wants.
Source: Daily Nation November 08, 2018 12:33 UTC