Lewis Hamilton praised the McLaren
team after storming to pole position for the third time this season in Hungary.
Hamilton was the man to beat throughout the Hungaroring
session, leading the way in both Q1 and Q2 before securing a dominant pole position – ending up four-tenths of a second clear of Romain Grosjean's Lotus.
“I'm really happy!” Hamilton reflected. “It's been a really good weekend so far. After Jenson was able to demonstrate the pace of our car in the last Grand Prix, at Hockenheim, now for us to be able to come to Budapest this weekend and be really 'on it' is just great. It was tough out there this afternoon, though, but I really enjoyed every lap and the crowd support was absolutely phenomenal. So I want to say a big 'thank you' to all the fans.
“Our upgrades are working. Jenson and I always want more speed still – that's natural for any racing driver – but the guys back at Woking, and here in Budapest, have done a brilliant job. Our car now feels fantastic. We've been fine-tuning its setup all weekend. Believe me: as long as we remain fully focused on developing our car, and getting good results, then anything is still possible for us this year.
“My feeling is that the start of tomorrow's race will be extremely important. I'm really hoping that I'll be able to make a clean getaway off the line and then stay ahead while looking after the tyres.”
Hamilton's pole was the 150th for McLaren
since joining F1 and Hamilton said he was proud to have achieved the landmark result.
“I'm told that today's pole position is the 150th in McLaren's history,” he said. “That's a truly fantastic achievement. I'm extremely proud to be able to contribute to the ongoing success of such a great team, especially as I first met Ron when I was just ten years old. I remember the occasion really well. I told Ron that one day I wanted to be driving for his team. And here we are today.
“I can't wait for tomorrow's race!”