Lewis Hamilton refused to reflect on the five hundredths that made the difference between pole position and second place in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix, the Brit confident he can be strong in the race.

Although he had struggled with the scrubbed tyres he was running during the first two knockout phases, new tyres in the top ten shootout revitalised his charge, helping him briefly capture pole position before Felipe Massa in turn pipped him to the top spot by a tiny margin.

Nonetheless, Hamilton was delighted to be starting on the front row for the eighth time this year, the championship leader now confident that he can translate his qualifying pace into what is likely to be a crucial race.

"That was a good qualifying session for me," he said. "We had been fast in practice so we were quite optimistic. In the first two qualifying sessions I struggled a little bit to get the most out of the tyres, but then it all came together on my final lap. "

Hamilton also took the time to praise the McLaren team for remaining focused over the three-week summer period, bringing improvements to the MP4-22 in time for a race in which Ferrari were expected to dominate.

"The team have done a fantastic job working hard over the summer break to continue to bring developments to the car and it shows in the fact that we have been very competitive here a ll weekend. I think that we will have a good race tomorrow."

 

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