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Lewis Hamilton said there was little more he could have done after qualifying sixth for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Mercedes’ run of consecutive pole positions ended in a very slippery qualifying session at Istanbul Park. The W11s never looked in contention for pole position, and Hamilton ended the session 4.7 seconds away from shock pole-winner Lance Stroll.

“I’m not really sure what to say,” said Hamilton. “We tried out hardest and did the best we could, and that was the fastest we could go.”

Hamilton said the recently-resurfaced track “felt terrible” throughout qualifying. “It’s just like driving on ice.

“For whatever reason, some people can get the tyres switched on a little better than us. I think ultimately we’re all struggling out there but some are better than others.

“I did the best I could. I didn’t spin, I didn’t really make any mistakes, so I’m generally happy I did everything I could with what I had.”

He described the qualifying session as “definitely one of the least enjoyable – if not the least enjoyable” of his career.

“Mostly because this track, the layout is so great, but the grip is so poor that we can’t really generate the grip to go at the speed through the corners that we’d like. But otherwise it was a challenge and challenges always are good.”

The reigning world champion will clinch a record-equalling seventh world championship tomorrow if he and team mate Valtteri Bottas finish in their starting positions of sixth and eighth.

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