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Hamilton: I'm a little bit overwhelmed
6 July 2013
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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