Lewis Hamilton has been knocked out at the first round of qualifying and will start only 16th for Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
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The struggling seven-time world champion failed to put in a lap good enough to take himself into Q2.
Hamilton’s race engineer, Peter Bonnington said: “Unfortunately that is us in P16.”
A disconsolate Hamilton, six tenths slower than George Russell in the other Mercedes, replied: “I am so sorry, guys.”
Nobody predicted Formula One’s most decorated driver would fall at the first hurdle in the second qualifying session of the new campaign.