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Hamilton delighted to qualify on the front row

May 25, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

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Lewis Hamilton is delighted to have qualified on the front row for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix after a difficult start to the race weekend.

The British driver had felt uncomfortable with the car before qualifying, but he overcame these difficulties to finish P2 just behind teammate Nico Rosberg.

“Congratulations to Nico and the team today, a great job all round,” Hamilton said in a team statement. “It’s a big improvement for me after struggling in the practice sessions here so I’m really happy to be on the front row of the grid. I didn’t have a great first sector on my lap today but after that it really came together.”

Despite this good result, Hamilton still believes that there is room for improvement if he is to fight for his second victory in Monaco, having won the prestigious event in 2008.

“I’ve got some work to do as I haven’t felt completely comfortable in the car this weekend but I’m confident that we can have a good race tomorrow and we’ll be aiming to get the best possible result for the team.”

Mercedes have qualified very strongly so far this season, with Rosberg’s result marking the team’s fourth consecutive pole position, but they are yet to record a win in 2013. Regardless, team principal Ross Brawn is sure that some progress has been made.

“We are well aware of our fate in the last few races and we have to make sure that we are in better shape for tomorrow,” Brawn said. “I believe we have moved in the right direction and we’ll see tomorrow if those improvements are enough and we can have a good race.”

Relying the Silver Arrows can manage their tires, both Hamilton and Rosberg will have a good shot at taking the win tomorrow.

  1. ttnvrl8 - May 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Wild times in Monaco! Like other people have mused over time, this qual session proves the need for sprinklers in F1.

    The challenge posed to the teams as a whole when the weather suddenly changed is a great demonstration of why the usual suspects are always up front. Yes, they’re some of the best at the wheel, but they’ve got the best TEAMS in the sport.

    On a completely different topic – KUDOS TO NBCSN FOR RUNNING SENNA LATER TODAY!!!!!!
    Only wish it could be broadcast on the mother ship network….

    • rshunter71 - May 26, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      The last thing that NBCSN deserves is kudos. Instead of the scheduled broadcasting of the encore presentation of Monaco qualifying, they’re showing the Indiana State Pork Exhibition.

      Sorry, it’s actually the 500 Festival Parade. After all, parades are EXACTLY what sports networks are in desperate need of…

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