Hamilton: Belgian GP pole 'one of hardest ever'

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Lewis Hamilton has described his pole position for the Belgian GP as one of the hardest of his F1 career.

After beating both title rival Sebastian Vettel and dry-then-wet conditions at Spa, the championship leader will start Sunday's race - underway at 2.10pm and live on Sky F1 - on pole position for the 78th time in his career.

"That was one of the hardest qualifying sessions l can remember," said a jubilant Hamilton.

"None of us have been driving in the rain this weekend so l cannot even express to you how difficult that was."

Ferrari were fastest in all three practice sessions heading into qualifying and appeared to possess a distinct - if slight - advantage over their Mercedes rivals.

But Hamilton doesn't subscribe to the theory that Ferrari would have been unbeatable had conditions remained dry.

"I didn't want it to rain, I was looking forward to it being close in the dry. Ferrari had the upper hand but I thought maybe I had enough to get ahead of them, which is an exciting prospect," he said.

Where did it go wrong for Ferrari?

Ultimately, qualifying amounted to another below-par return for Ferrari given their pace in practice.

While Vettel was beaten by Hamilton, albeit with the consolation of a front-row starting berth, team-mate Kimi Raikkonen will start just sixth after being denied a late run when the track dried after Ferrari to short-fuel the Finn.

"The end result is pretty poor," said Raikkonen. "We need to see what happened. There was time left and we had to pit - far from ideal."

Vettel appeared subdued in the post-qualifying press conference and admitted: "It was a bit chaotic and not great from a management point of view. I don't feel we put everything together in the last lap, we ran out of battery.

"It wasn't a nice ending to a great qualifying up to that point. It's great fun but obviously not very rewarding when you know you could have done a bit better."

The German added: "There was confusion. And maybe I wasn't as calm as I could have been in the car."

'Expect a thriller at Spa'

Reaction from Sky F1's Damon Hill: "It's another blow to the confidence of Sebastian Vettel. Lewis' talent shines through in situations like that.

"We are in for a thriller tomorrow because the big guns are out."

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  • what can u say Hammy B bad

      2 years ago
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