What happened to Lewis Hamilton in Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifier?

Lewis Hamilton had a poor qualifying session for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at Jeddeah but what happened to the Mercedes driver?

Mercedes has started the 2022 Formula One season with setbacks as it struggles to get a handle on its W13 machine.

Despite finishing third and fourth at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were almost 40 seconds down on the leaders when the safety car was called – and both Red Bulls retired.

In Jeddah for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Hamilton struggled to keep up with Russell – who hasn’t worried even the top of the timesheets.

It was a poor performance in qualifying, but what happened to Lewis Hamilton? Where will he start the Grand Prix?

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What happened to Lewis Hamilton?

In the first segment of qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton retired after only qualifying in 16th place.

He had qualified for pole position at the opening race in Jeddah in December.

It is the first time since the 2009 British Grand Prix that he has retired in normal conditions in Q1 at pure pace.

At the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix, he retired in Q1 – but crashed.

After languishing in the elimination zone before his final lap, Hamilton only improved to 15th on the timesheets.

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A late lap by Lance Stroll in the Aston Martin knocked the seven-time world champion out of qualifying and sent him to an early shower.

Russell ended Q1 in fourth place.

Mercedes believes there is a fundamental problem with Hamilton’s car as both he and Russell run their cars on a similar setup.

Why is he fighting?

Mercedes have been battling for straight line speed all weekend in Jeddah.

Given the high-speed nature of the track, it’s no surprise what happened to Lewis Hamilton in qualifying.

Fellow Mercedes drivers Alex Albon, Nico Hulkenberg and Nicholas Latifi were knocked out in Q1 – although Latifi crashed before setting a representative time.

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