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Hamilton: My pole lap in Q3 was for the fans
29 June 2013
Lewis Hamilton has said he feels 'incredible' after securing pole position for his home grand prix.
The Brit was in a class of his own in the top-ten shootout at Silverstone and was the only runner to break the 1 minute 30 second bracket, his best lap at the end of Q3, a 1m 29.607s, which put him 0.452 seconds up on his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg.
Speaking afterwards, Hamilton said his lap was 'for the fans' and while it was his 28th career F1 pole, it was only his second at the British Grand Prix.
“It feels incredible to be on pole, just like it did back in 2007. We have the greatest F1 fans in the world here in Britain and there was a great turnout today, which makes the atmosphere so special. My lap in Q3 was a lap for the fans out there around the circuit,” Hamilton confirmed.
“I haven't been feeling comfortable in the car all weekend, so I was really happy to find a good lap and this feels fantastic. The team has done a phenomenal job and it's a great reward for the guys here at the track but also back at base, especially as our two factories are so close to the track.”
Looking to the race, however, Hamilton conceded that it won't be easy to beat the Red Bull's of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, who line up on the second row, in third and fourth respectively.
“We know that tomorrow is another day and our Sunday performance isn't quite as strong right now. Our long run pace looked okay yesterday and we were able to manage the tyres quite well. It's going to be tough though, to keep Seb behind but we will give it everything we've got,” Hamilton added.
Mercedes boss Ross Brawn meanwhile was delighted to see his two drivers' lock-out the front-row again, the third time they have done so in the last four races, although like Hamilton he has concerns about their race day pace.
“The team has worked incredibly well over the past few months to achieve a result like today's,” Brawn continued. “We have been chipping away at the performance, quietly bringing new updates and continuing to push, while also focusing our efforts on how we could improve our tyre management issues, and it seems to be paying off.
“The engineers and drivers got the cars into the perfect place for qualifying and, as the wind dropped towards the end of the session, both Lewis and Nico were able to deliver strong performances. Lewis put in a stunning lap at the end of the session and it's great to see him and Nico pushing each other so hard in every session.
"It will be more of a challenge to remain as competitive in the race but we gathered good information yesterday and hope to be able to build on that tomorrow.”