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Hamilton delighted despite car struggles

Jun 29, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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Lewis Hamilton has made no secret of the battle he has waged with the Mercedes W04 car so far this season, and he explained further how it was difficult to fine tune and perfect the setup of the car despite scoring his second pole position of the season at the British Grand Prix.

The 2008 world champion posted a fastest time of 1:29.607 – a full four-tenths clear of closest rival Nico Rosberg – to seal his second pole position at Silverstone with a stunning lap in the dying moments of qualifying. However, he hasn’t had it so easy this weekend.

“I really have been struggling with the car, trying to get it to behave the way I want it to,” Hamilton explained in the post-race press conference.

“We have a great car, but to fine tune seems a little bit harder. We made the right steps and made a change into qualy which helped.”

Hamilton praised the Mercedes W04 further, believing that it is better than his previous four cars – all with McLaren.

“This is the first time since 2008 that I’ve really had a car I can compete with.”

It is worth noting that in this time, Hamilton still won many races and even had a shot at the championship come the final round in 2010. Regardless, he is evidently delighted to be a part of the Mercedes setup, and this pole will certainly go down as one of his most important.

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