‘Qualifying is about confidence… it was a real struggle out there’: Lewis Hamilton delighted with his recovery after taking pole at the British Grand Prix despite spinning early on at Silverstone
- Lewis Hamilton took pole at the British Grand Prix on Saturday at Silverstone
- The six-time world champion struggled early on though as he was spun in Q2
- But the Mercedes driver recovered to claim the 91st pole of his career
- Hamilton also admits he is still not getting used to the lack of crowds in F1 races
Lewis Hamilton couldn’t hide his delight after taking pole at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Saturday.
The Mercedes driver was made to work for his victory though, as he spun in Q2 after struggling for rhythm with Valtteri Bottas at the front of the pack.
Though Hamilton recovered to register the 91st pole of his career, with Bottas behind him in second and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was delighted to take pole in the British Grand Prix qualifying race
Speaking after the qualifying race, Hamilton said: ‘It was real struggle out there. We had that spin and qualifying is about confidence.
‘I was down in the first sector, too, so I don’t know how but I managed to compose myself for Q3.
‘Q3 started off the right way, it was a clean first lap and the second one was even better. It never gets old qualifying on pole.’
The Mercedes driver found the Silverston race difficult as he was spun early on in Q2
The qualifying race at Silverstone marks the third Grand Prix to be held since the coronavirus pandemic, yet the six-time world champion is still feeling the impact of holding Formula One competition behind closed doors.
Hamilton added: ‘Normally you have the sirens going off, the flags, the smoke and the atmosphere is buzzing.
‘We miss the fans here but hopefully they are happy with my turnaround watching at home.’
But Hamilton (left) recovered to take the 91st pole of his career ahead of Valtteri Bottas
Outside of the podium, it was another good day for fellow Briton Lando Norris, of McLaren, who finished in fifth spot behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old George Russell made it to Q2 as he continues his qualifying hot form, while London-born Thai Alex Albon finished 12th in qualifying.