The Australian clarified that an issue with McLaren’s data forced him to save fuel from the first lap and did not allow him to get any pace.
Fernando Alonso claiming a podium finish at the Qatar GP was noteworthy for more than just being his first such finish in 7 years.
The 2021 Formula 1 season's championship battle continues to swing between Red Bull and Mercedes, with no clear winner yet in sight.
McLaren only scored two points, allowing Ferrari to maintain their third-place position in the constructors' championship.
Hamilton was able to control the pace at the front of the field after a clinical start from pole position with an indomitable lights-to-flag win.
Hamilton was the first driver out for the second and final runs, and he found even more time, smashing into the 1m20s to take pole.
Formula 1 will break new ground in the upcoming race weekend (November 19-21), with the Qatar GP set to be run for the first time ever.
The race in Doha will take place on the evening of November 21 and will be a permanent fixture on the Formula 1 calendar beginning in 2023.
The race in Qatar will also serve as the kickoff for a series of races in the Middle East, including on December 5 in Saudi Arabia.