Hamilton sets sights on podium finish
21 September 2013 – Although a below-par qualifying performance has left him on the third row of the grid, Lewis Hamilton is hopeful of achieving a podium finish in the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver, who will line up alongside Ferrari's Felipe Massa in fifth position, has struggled for pace since topping the first practice session on Friday, lapping three tenths slower than second-placed team-mate Nico Rosberg in the shootout phase.
But despite his troubles, the former World Champion is hopeful of making a recovery.
"Clearly the car was quicker than what I was able to get out of it tonight so, of course, it's frustrating not to have qualified closer to the front as Nico did," said Hamilton. "So not a good day for me but that's life.
"We'll turn today's negative into a positive overnight and I'll be pushing as hard as I can in the race tomorrow. There are still people ahead of me that we can beat and our target will be to get on the podium."
Hamilton is a previous winner of the Singapore Grand Prix, which is being staged for the sixth time, having triumphed for his former McLaren team during the 2009 season.