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Hamilton overwhelmed by pole position after struggles

Jul 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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Lewis Hamilton is elated to have secured Mercedes’ sixth pole position of the season at the German Grand Prix after overcoming problems with the car during practice that made a front-row start seem out of the question for the British driver.

Hamilton, who was the last winner of a grand prix at the Nurburgring, was speaking in the press conference after qualifying and he made no secret of his pleasure.

“I tell you, it’s really overwhelming,” he began. “I’ve been struggling since the first run in P1, which was pretty good, P2, P3 were just disaters and it got even worse this morning. We were miles off. I was a good eight-tenths of a second off. I wasn’t comfortable with the car at all.”

However, Hamilton believes that the analysis he undertook with his team allowed him to respond in the best possible fashion by securing pole.

“We went back into the truck and we just worked hard, tried to analyse everything and made lots and lots fo changes. I just hoped that it would work and forunately the car was beneath me and I was able to put in the times we did. I’m grateful for the work the guys did with me and, again, this is just down to all the hard work the team has been putting in.”

For Hamilton, this pole takes on extra importance with the race at the Nurburgring being Mercedes’ home grand prix.

“Obviously it’s a privilege to drive for this team. You know they’ve got great history, this is where Mercedes really started and so I feel proud to get the pole for them.”

This is Hamilton’s 29th career pole position, putting him joint-7th on the all-time list and level with five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio.

  1. apexassassin - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    What a monster lap! I’m fairly certain thats a new track record too! Rosberg must be gutted.

    Def shaping up to be a great race after all the bullshit about the tires.

  2. sjmathewsaia - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    In the TV shots of the crowds on the hills around the Nurburgring circuit during FP 2, I saw a flag with a black field and a white cross, slightly off set to one side, like the flag of Finland or English Flag of St George. I found reference to the flag of Cornwall being this color combination. Are there any drivers from Cornwall or does it have some other significance, I am not aware of?

    • apexassassin - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      I’d guess it’s just someone from Cornwall representing their particular part of the UK. The only F1 personality I can think of with ties to that area is Ross Brawn who has a summer home there. Of course it could also be for one of the drivers in the junior categories as GP2, GP3. and the Porsche Cup are the support races.

      Nice eye to spot that though!

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