Lewis Hamilton has vowed to do the best job he can tomorrow, after giving the home crowd exactly what they wanted today by taking pole position for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Hamilton grabbed P1 right at the close of Q3, demoting Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen to second. Speaking about the session he admitted that it was all pretty 'intense' and that the Ferraris and his team-mate, Fernando Alonso had made it very, very tough.

"That was an intense qualifying session. The Ferraris were extremely quick, as was Fernando," he stated. "I lost a bit of time on my first flying lap, so I really just had to pull it all out - and thankfully I did a sweet job on that last lap."

The pole was the third of Lewis' F1 career - and the 50th for the McLaren-Mercedes partnership and it means he will now go into the race in a great position to take another win.

"I really couldn't have done it without the team, who changed the tyres so quickly and got me out in time," he added. "I just can't wait for tomorrow now, and I am going to do the best job that I can. It is great to see so many supporters, today has been fantastic. I nearly lost my voice, when I came across the line I was screaming just as loud as all the fans."

Team boss, Ron Dennis and Mercedes boss, Norbert Haug both were quick to praise Hamilton's performance - and that of his team-mate, Alonso, who will start from third.

"You can't do any better, and it couldn't get any more exciting," said Haug. "This was a thrilling qualifying and motor racing at its best. Lewis showed an excellent performance achieving pole position in his first ever home Grand Prix which was the 50th for the McLaren Mercedes partnership.

"Fernando did an excellent job too, he is third with less than 1.5 tenths of a second behind pole. First and third is a great base for tomorrow's race, as both of our cars will start on the clean side of the track."

"It has been a great day today and both drivers did a fantastic job," added Dennis, "just how good will be revealed tomorrow as the race unfolds. We can all enjoy today and tonight, but the race is tomorrow. It has been great to see so many people here supporting the team."

 

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