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Hamilton vows to push hard

5 October 2013

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to push hard on race day after taking a front row slot in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver emerged as the closest challenger to Sebastian Vettel during the session, although his best time in the session was two-tenths of a second down on the defending champion.

Despite that however, the Briton said he was confident in his long-run pace and was optimistic about his chances of taking the fight to Vettel on race day as he seeks to victory in Hungary earlier in the year.

“I'm really happy with second position today as it felt like I got everything out of the car,” he said. “The guys have done a great job to get the package as it is here: we came into the weekend knowing that Red Bull had an advantage, so to be as close as I am in terms of performance is a real positive.

“Hopefully we have closed the gap a little bit. Our long-run pace yesterday looked good and pretty close to theirs but there will be threats all around us in tomorrow's race. A couple of years ago, I was on pole and Seb got past me at the start, so I'd like to repay him on that one! I need to make sure we get a good start, position the car as well as possible and when there's a gap, I'll be going for it.

“We know that the weather will change a bit for tomorrow and I don't mind how it turns out. I'd prefer dry conditions but we'll see what the day brings and roll with it.”

Hamilton also warned Vettel that he wasn't planning to settle for second and was racing to win.

"I'll do everything I can to attack because I've got nothing to lose," he said. "When I see a gap, I'm going for it. He has more to lose than I do so I'm going to go for it."


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