Lewis Hamilton said claiming pole position for the British Grand Prix brought back memories of doing the same six years ago.
“It’s incredible,” said Hamilton after taking his second pole position of the year, “it feels just like it did in 2007.”
“Just to see the crowd here today is fantastic, such a great turn out for everyone. That was a lap for them. I hope that tomorrow we can do something special for them.”
“This is really down to the team, they’ve just been doing a phenomenal job improving the car constantly,” he added. “I haven’t been feeling 100% comfortable in the car all the weekend so it was good to finally get a lap.”
Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in qualifying but warned that they will face pressure from the Red Bulls, who start on row two, in the race: “I think undoubtedly it’s going to be tough for us to keep Sebastian [Vettel] behind.”
“Our long-run pace wasn’t as bad as we’ve seen in the past. I’m hoping with the temperatures and a bit of acre we can nurture the tyres to get a good result. I will be pushing, giving it my all tomorrow, to try to finish up ahead.”
Vettel, who lined up third, said he couldn’t match Hamilton’s pace: “I don’t know if Lewis found a shortcut or if he has something special round here.”
“A phenomenal lap, I think it wasn’t in reach today. I was very happy with the lap I had at the end and I think it was very close with Mark [Webber] as well.
2013 British Grand Prix
- Good rating for British GP despite tyre chaos
- Hamilton voted top driver of British Grand Prix
- 2013 British Grand Prix team radio transcript
- 2013 British Grand Prix fans’ video gallery
- Hembery: Pirelli “not trying to attack anybody”
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