Hamilton brushes off qualifying struggles: 'I've won the World Championship'


Lewis Hamilton has dismissed concerns about his recent qualifying performances, reminding his doubters: "I've won the World Championship."

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg edged out Hamilton to clinch a fifth consecutive pole at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday, with the Briton having not topped the timesheets since the beginning of September in Italy.

Asked whether anything could be read into his poor qualifying run, Hamilton said: "Not really.

"I've had the most poles of the year and I've won the World Championship, so there's nothing really to read into it.

"You don't always get it right; you can't always get it perfect every single time, so..."

Rosberg, meanwhile, is unable to put his finger on what has changed to allow him to register five consecutive pole positions, having previously only achieved one in 2015.

"You know, it was an area I had to work on, so I have been working on it through the season," he commented. "But I don't have a direct explanation of any precise thing that's now different.

"So I'm just happy that it's going that way. It's better this way of course but I don't know why."