F1 »

Hamilton hoping to capitalise on team, qualifying effort

Lewis Hamilton may have qualified on pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix, but admits the hard work lies ahead.
Although the Marina Bay circuit has more overtaking possibilities than its European cousin in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton admits that he was grateful to have a car - and lap - good enough to claim pole position in Singapore.

The Briton produced two laps good enough to secure top spot in the final phase of qualifying on Saturday night, and has the cushion of Pastor Maldonado between himself and Sebastian Vettel, who appeared to only rival to the McLaren man during the build-up to the session. However, with the race - the first of seven late-season 'flyaways' - likely to threaten the two-hour maximum, Hamilton is not expecting an easy Sunday.

"It is [a very tough track], and I think everyone here will see that tomorrow," he explained, "I think we all felt that with our long runs, [but] hopefully we've done the work we need to do to put together a good package tomorrow. We've put ourselves in the best position so I hope that we will be able to capitalise on that tomorrow.

"The guys have done a fantastic job all week, and to come here with some small things that have improved from the last race. We have high downforce here, so we weren't sure where we would turn out against the others, [and] obviously Sebastian was incredibly fast through most of the sessions. I'm not really sure what happened [to him] in the end [but], nonetheless, I'm very happy that I was able to pull that time out. It was a great lap, I'm very happy with it.

"It is [very tricky around here]. Just trying to find the gaps is quite difficult, particularly in Q1, and making sure your tyres are up to temperature, making sure your brakes are up to temperature without using them before you start your lap. The first few laps I did on the prime were quite poor and I feel very fortunate that I was able to get at least one lap on them, so I didn't have to go again...."

Tyres figure to be a determining factor in Sunday's race, with Pirelli themselves admitting that three stops could be necessary to get the choice of soft and supersoft through the 61 laps, but Singapore has also attracted a reputation for requiring the use of the safety car, and Hamilton admits that he will have to be ready for all eventualities.

"It's an incredibly tough circuit for tyre degradation, especially as it's hot and humid here," Hamilton confirmed, "I think everyone is going to struggle with that, and I think we just have to try and get away cleanly at the start and stick to the strategy that we have planned and be prepared if it doesn't work. You can overtake here.

"I think, as drivers, we just have to be ready to react, hope that it's neither of us [involved in causing the safety car] and then just leave it to the team to work on what we have to do. They will direct what we have to do fuel-wise and all those kind of things. I think, this weekend, there seems to be a bigger gap between all the drivers and teams, so perhaps that will allow bigger gaps throughout the race. Maybe....."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
22.09.2012 - Qualyfing, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
22.09.2012 - Qualyfing, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
22.09.2012 - Qualyfing, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW34, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 are celebrating the qualyfing
22.09.2012 - Qualyfing, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
30.10.2014 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


pcxmac - Unregistered

September 23, 2012 2:23 PM

you know Taipan, you really should look in the mirror more often, your only gripe with Lewis is hes not you, and you hate yourself. Get over it dude, your a loser and a slave, you will never be anything better than a piece of chattle for people who know better. Wont matter much longer anyways, world fascism isnt too far away, maybe you can get a job leading people in to furnaces for guys that backed the Nazis back in the day.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.