Hamilton blazes to pole position for British GP

Tanya Simon
July 8, 2018

"It's a real privilege for me and I was just watching some of the replays of previous year and if you look at the end when it shows you all of the positions and obviously to see the Union Jack up there is always a great feeling".

"It felt like the most pressurised lap I have ever had".

'For me, the whole-build up, the intensity, and knowing how close we all were, makes this feel like one of the best laps I have been able to produce, ' he said. I was shaking afterwards through the emotion and the adrenalin rush.

The four-time world champion, Britain's most successful driver of all time, is chasing a record sixth home win on Sunday to become the first driver to win five in a row at the circuit that hosted the first championship race in 1950.

It had looked, however, as if Vettel was going to deny him the top slot.

"I think it is, yes, with the heat the track is the hottest I think we've driven on for a long time".

Elsewhere, in Q2, Fernando Alonso's disappointment continued with McLaren as he finished 13th, while fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz will line up three places behind.

"I don't know what happened, but it was a bit stiff".

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"To push open the limit just that little bit more without losing it is one of the toughest positions to put the vehicle".

"We lose more than a second on the straights so this track is getting less and less favourable for us", commented Verstappen.

Vettel leads Hamilton by one point after nine of 21 races thanks to the Briton's misfortune in Austria.

Vettel sat out the final stages of Saturday morning's final practice session due to what Ferrari labelled a "nuisance in the neck", and he appeared with minor strapping to the area in qualifying.

Hamilton was forced to retire from the Austrian Grand Prix but will be confident of overhauling his rival from Ferrari with 12 races still to go - starting with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was third fastest for Ferrari, followed by Australian Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Austrian GP victor Max Verstappen, racing for Red Bull.

"It was very close", he said.

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