Lewis Hamilton acknowledged a document ninth British Grand Prix win was wanting onerous however stated he would attempt to produce one thing particular for the house followers from fifth on the grid on Sunday.
The seven-times Formula One world champion instructed reporters a top-three qualifying consequence may need been potential however whereas he was “a little bit gutted”, he could be aggressive within the race.
Struggling Mercedes have introduced some main upgrades to Silverstone and workforce boss Toto Wolff stated on Thursday he hoped to present Hamilton a automobile adequate to win for the primary time this 12 months.
“We were fighting for the front row and all the way up into that second-to-last lap, I was (then) asked to back off and go for the last lap but it rained, so it was just a bit unfortunate,” Hamilton stated of qualifying.
“They (Mercedes) wanted to go for a racier power mode for the last lap and charge the battery… and as we did that, it rained a little more and the last lap was messed up.”
“I was really, really so hopeful because we’ve got this incredible crowd and I was in the fight, I was feeling great,” he added.
Hamilton stated the automobile was nonetheless bouncing, notably within the corners, however the race tempo was good.
“I’m hoping we’re a little bit closer on race pace compared to the last race and if we are, then if I can just hold on to them then maybe I can progress,” he stated of rivals, Red Bull and Ferrari .
“I will definitely be aggressive tomorrow, don’t worry.”
The 37-year-old completed third in Montreal two weeks in the past, solely his second podium of the marketing campaign, and he acknowledged that fifth was not a nasty place to start out.
“In the past race, I would have been super happy with that but because it’s the British Grand Prix, you’re hoping for something more,” he stated.