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F1 Italian Grand Prix: Hamilton 'proud' with pole, 'grateful' for clean session

Lewis Hamilton is feeling “excited” after putting his Mercedes on pole position in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix – his first pole since Barcelona back in May
Lewis Hamilton says he is “proud” to have taken pole position for the Italian Grand Prix and also “grateful” to have had a “clean” session.

Hamilton was quickest throughout qualifying eventually taking top spot and beating his Mercedes team-mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg by around three tenths of a second in the top-ten shootout - his best lap a 1m 24.109s.

It was Hamilton's fifth pole of the season, but his first since Barcelona back in May, after a series of misfortunes since then.

“I feel excited for tomorrow. I am proud of my guys – the guys on my side of the garage have obviously also been through the difficult times with me. They have done a remarkable job, in terms of every time bouncing back and fixing the car and dealing with the difficulties," Hamilton stated.

"We have done this [locking out the front row here] as a team and it is great to have another one-two. I am really proud I could be up there for them."

Quizzed on if he thought this would be the weekend where he could put everything together, he replied: “To be honest, for the last seven races I have always gone into the weekend thinking it could maybe be a clean weekend. We saw the issue that we had yesterday and again Nico had a problem today. That is definitely an area we are focusing on to try and improve as a team,” he added.

“But I am grateful to have got through to qualifying today and to have had, for me, a clean qualifying session for once. It is a great feeling to be up here.”

Looking to the race, he also confirmed that there will be no team orders as he looks to close the 29-point gap to Rosberg in the Drivers' Championship.

“[We are] free to race. That was the decision last week and so it continues as usual [despite the collision in Belgium],” he stated.

“I hope that tomorrow, it would be really good to get another one-two for the team. They are working extremely hard and I hope we also have some competition with these guys [Valtteri Bottas and Williams]. I think that would be great for the fans.

"As for me, I am just looking forward to it.”
by Rob Wilkins

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September 06, 2014 9:00 PM

I have drivers that I like, and I have drivers I am not particularly fond of, but I never let that detract from my enjoyment of the sport. I am beginning to think some people watch F1 only to complain about their chosen hated driver. This hating is becoming a bad habit. Hamilton's lap was epic and like him or not, demands respect.

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