Hamilton edged Bottas by only a tenth to steal pole at the close of some feverish first shootout of the season in Melbourne, together with analyzing benchmark Sebastian Vettel trailing Hamilton from 0.7s.
Ferrari had widely been believed to hold an advantage heading into Australia, also Hamilton insisted later qualifying Mercedes”actually thought” it was behind, while Bottas claimed nobody in the team”could have envisioned we’d maintain this position”.
Inspired by Motorsport.com if he agreed with his teammate’s entry he was”a bit blown away” from Mercedes’ functionality,” Hamilton said:”definitely. There was surely no [index of this effect after analyzing ].
“I felt so good that we had a decent package to use but we know that we might be slightly behind.
“That is exactly what we frankly thought when they showed us the summary of testing went: we were behind Ferrari from the diagnosis we all did.
“We’ve not changed the vehicle, we’ve understood the car longer.
“Yesterday Ferrari were with usthey looked just like these were a bit hefty on gas initially and they then dropped the fuel and so were quite on level on performance.
“We thought we were closer than we thought it’d be later analyzing, and all of a sudden that they lost a bit of performance in [FP3], which we were not expecting.
“It is a real shock.”
Hamilton replicated his Friday assert that Mercedes had not made changes to the car itself since examining.
He also said the change in luck between your teams, and the videos of Vettel’s laps at analyzing, meant he’d even asked his rival if Ferrari had conducted the car so low fuel they were”on fumes” at Barcelona.
“He says he wasn’t,” added Hamilton.
“It could possibly be quite a few things, but I am really, really thankful for where our motor vehicle really is and where it enabled us to function as today.
“I understand Ferrari will be pushing hard and progressing over the forthcoming days and tomorrow I am certain that they will put a good fight since they are always strong in the races.”
Hamilton said he’d to”brush off” an odd mistake in his first flying lap at Q3 and then”tug something special by the ending” so that you can topple team mate Bottas.
He added that there”could not really be much better method to begin the year” compared to Mercedes’ crushing one two.