Lewis Hamilton could have risked it and taken the fight to Nico Rosberg to get the best line into turn one tomorrow afternoon, whatever conditions come into play. The 2008 champion only climbed to as high as sixth, but there was further potential that could have potentially seen the Brit end up on the front row.
But for the second race in a row, Hamilton now is in the lower half of the top ten for tomorrow, but he knows what effort he has to make to get himself into the fight at the front: “It was my decision, a bad call, and that decided my qualifying. I’m so sorry to have disappointed the fans here today as their support has been fantastic and I’ll do what I can to have a great race for them tomorrow.”
As both drivers now are level in terms of pole positions on four, with Felipe Massa being the only one to break the stranglehold they had on qualifying two weeks ago, Hamilton says that when getting out of the car, emotions do run high, but he is looking ahead to the lights going out: I’ll go back to the team and my family now and we’ll build up for tomorrow from there.”
Mercedes’ Head of Motorsport, Toto Wolff, explained that it was a case of suffering highs and lows at the very same time. However, the Austrian stated that this is the case when a call has to made that can make the difference between getting on pole position, or ending up further down the top ten, as it was the case this afternoon.
“The way I know Lewis, though, he will take that disappointment and make it into extra motivation for the race,” said Wolff, who will look to see that his drivers get to the front of the field through performance and strategy. “We seem to have strong pace in wet and dry conditions, so I am sure we will see our two cars fighting for the lead sooner rather than later tomorrow afternoon.”
The fight between the two Mercedes drivers carries on at Silverstone, but it is the case of just who wants it the most, come rain or shine tomorrow afternoon.
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