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German Grand Prix: Hamilton a 'little bit overwhelmed'

Lewis Hamilton: I'm so grateful for the work the engineers and mechanics did for me, and it's all down to them really.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton admitted he was a bit 'overwhelmed' after qualifying on pole for the German Grand Prix.

Hamilton had struggled in practice at the Nurburgring and was only seventh quickest this morning, more than a second off the pace of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

However between the end of FP3 and qualifying, he managed to turn things around and with the help from his mechanics got the F1 W04 to his liking and eventually took top spot in the top-ten shootout by 0.103 seconds.

“I'm very proud to put the car on pole for Mercedes-Benz today,” Hamilton said. “I have been with Mercedes for a long time and it's a great result for us to achieve pole here in Germany.

“I'm a little bit overwhelmed, to be honest, because I have been struggling since first practice this weekend. We were so far off this morning that we took the set-up back to where we started, tried to analyse everything and just worked really hard to improve it.

“I'm so grateful for the work the engineers and mechanics did for me, and it's all down to them really.”

It was Hamilton's second consecutive pole – and his third of the season. In total he has now taken 29 F1 poles, bringing him level with Juan Manuel Fangio on the all-time list.

Despite that though, he knows race day is what counts: “We don't get any points for today,” he added. “The real hard work comes tomorrow.”

Team principal Ross Brawn meanwhile was delighted to see Hamilton give Mercedes-Benz its first pole position at the German Grand Prix since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 at the Nordschleife.

“Lewis put in a superb lap to take pole position. He hasn't been comfortable with the car since his first run yesterday but I could sense a quiet determination as he went into the session and he absolutely delivered,” Brawn remarked.

“As for the race we go into it with some question marks, as we haven't done any representative running with the set-up we now have on Lewis' car.

"Hopefully, he will find the balance he needs and we will be able to give Red Bull Racing, Ferrari and Lotus a run for their money.”



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06.07.2013- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
06.07.2013- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
06.07.2013- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
06.07.2013- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
06.07.2013- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
06.07.2013- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
06.07.2013- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pole position

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AbdominalSnowman

July 06, 2013 11:19 PM

Such bitterness here. If Lewis does badly, you lot are all over it with criticisms If Lewis does well, you lot are STILL all over it with criticisms. Ptolemy is a disgrace for referencing two wins to zero, willfully forgetting the very obvious tyre failure that cost Hamilton the victory in GB and the additional drivetrain failure on Vettel that was required to give Rosberg the victory. But it's all very predictable isn't it - the selective memories of those who hate Hamiltpn. Fortunately it matters not a jot what the haters say.

Ptolemy

July 06, 2013 10:11 PM

XIII, Talk about clouded judgement... You are suggesting that Lulu is the reason why Mercedes has turned a corner and started at the front from the first race this season? Do you mean that he is a genius and that he picks the world's most perfect setup in any situation and that has turned a mediocre car into a world beater? Nonsense. Its a combination of the world class people that Merc have hired working together to improve the car. Sure, Lulu is a good driver, but he is not in the league with Vettel and Schumi. I mean Jenson compared favorably to him. And now Nico has. So just how brilliant could he be?



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