Lewis Hamilton did not have a good word to say about his qualifying at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The 36-year-old Mercedes driver did not get further than fourth place on the drying track in Sochi.

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"I am extremely disappointed in myself," Hamilton said in front of

Sky Sports'



The seven-time world champion lost a lot of time in Q3 because he damaged his front wing entering the pit lane.

"Up until that point it was just fine. I have to apologize to everyone at the team, both here in Sochi and at the factory. This is not what you expect from a champion."

Lando Norris surprisingly took his first pole position of his career at the Sochi Autodrom.

Max Verstappen already knew that he had to start from the back due to a grid penalty due to an engine change and gave up after two laps.

Lewis Hamilton (left) damaged his Mercedes twice at the Sochi Autodrom.

Lewis Hamilton (left) damaged his Mercedes twice at the Sochi Autodrom.

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'It won't be easy to overtake boys in the front'

Although the track got faster and faster during qualifying, Hamilton had more and more trouble clocking faster lap times.

"The conditions were terrible at the end. There was almost no grip and I lost more temperature in my tires every lap. Then I am twice in the wall. That almost never happens to me."

Hamilton also lost control of his Mercedes in his last attempt.

The seven-time champion spun and hit the tire stack with his rear wing.

"Hopefully the car can be repaired and everything will be fine for tomorrow," said Hamilton, who has not yet put a win out of his mind.

"The guys at the front have good pace and it won't be easy to overtake them. But it is what it is. I'll do my best tomorrow and try to make everything right."

Number two Hamilton starts the race in Sochi on Sunday, five points behind World Cup leader Verstappen.

(226.5 to 221.5 points).

The Russian Grand Prix starts at 2 p.m.

See also: Norris takes surprising first pole in Russia, Hamilton starts fourth