Lewis Hamilton has admitted that it will be tough to keep reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel at bay during tomorrow’s British Grand Prix, despite securing a sensational pole position for Mercedes alongside team-mate Nico Rosberg. Although the team has started from pole five times this season, they have only won once at Monaco.
It’s undeniable that Mercedes have become the qualifying specialists in Formula 1 this season, with the German marque enjoying a tremendous one-lap pace with both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. However, only the latter has managed to translate pole to victory on one occasion at the Monaco Grand Prix where passing was practically non-existent. With tyre management set to once again play a key factor in who eventually takes the checkered flag at the end of tomorrow’s 52-lap race, Lewis Hamilton reiterated his belief that Sebastian Vettel will be hard to beat.
“It feels incredible to be on pole, just like it did back in 2007.” Exclaimed Lewis Hamilton, who created scenes reminiscent of ‘Mansell-mania’ in the early 1990s. “We have the greatest Formula One 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. 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. But we know that tomorrow is another day and our Sunday performance isn’t quite as strong right now. Our long run pace looked ok yesterday and we were able to manage the tyres quite well. It’s going to be tough to keep Seb behind but we will give it everything we’ve got.”
Despite the imposing threat from the Red Bull duo for tomorrow’s race, Lewis Hamilton will undoubtedly be aiming to secure his first win for Mercedes and his second around the home of Formula 1 at the legendary Silverstone circuit. The German marque has only ever won once at the British Grand Prix, when Sir Stirling Moss led them to victory back in 1955. Although a repeat of such success would complete a memorable weekend, there is no denying that the reigning World Champion of Sebastian Vettel will be aiming to pounce upon the Silver Arrows as soon as possible when the lights go out.
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