Lewis will be in fourth place on the grid for the start of the third-to-last race of the season at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. He spun exiting T13 on his final timed while he was completing a faster lap. His car will be examined on its return to the garage to ascertain the precise cause of the spin.
"Fourth place feels pretty good this evening considering the time was set on my first Q3 lap," said Lewis. "Unfortunately on my second lap it looks like something gave way at the back of the car as I got on the power at the chicane and it just snapped out, which forced me into a spin. It was a great lap and might just have been enough to get us onto the front row as I was fourth-tenths up on my first effort but these things happen."
Whilst making his way through to Q3, Lewis posted best time in Q1 and the second quickest time in Q2 behind Nico. He secured a 1:40.501 in Q3 to finish fourth. "The car felt really strong today so we'll hope for a good start and then challenge to make up some positions in the race tomorrow. The good thing is that we are ahead of Ferrari and that's where we need to stay. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and hope we can get a good result," added Lewis.