Lewis Hamilton fires warning after crushing F1 rivals in wet Styrian Grand Prix qualifying

Lewis Hamilton fires warning after crushing F1 rivals in wet Styrian Grand Prix qualifying

Lewis Hamilton warned he’s ready for whatever the elements throw at him after qualifying more than a second faster than his closest rival to take pole at the Styrian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver returns to the front row of the grid after a penalty at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix saw him demoted down to fifth.

“The weather’s obviously incredibly difficult out there for all of us and, a lot of the time, you can’t even see where you’re going. I had one big moment – I think, the lap before the last – a big aquaplane, where I definitely had my heart in my mouth.

“I improved on the next lap, nice and clean. I love these days. You remember when we used to race back [the junior days]. It was like this but, obviously, 100 times worse when you’re in a Formula 1 car.”

Mercedes quickly got to the bottom of what disrupted Hamilton in FP3 and he’s confident his W11 can shine in the sun on Sunday.

“Yesterday was a difficult day, it started off well in P1 but then P2 was a big issue for us,” Hamilton said. “But we’ve discovered [the problem] overnight and [it’s] nothing major.


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“I think today would have been better for us if it had been dry but I’m grateful for the rain, always. But I know tomorrow’s going to be a much more sunny day.

“I think we’re prepared for both conditions and [on pole is] where I want to start, so I’m glad that it was a trouble free session and I didn’t make any mistakes. That’s always a positive.”

Carlos Sainz will start Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix third on the grid, with Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas alongside the McLaren ace.

Renault’s Esteban Ocon and Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Alex Albon will make up third row, with Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris and Sebastian Vettel completing the top 10.

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Published at Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:48:05 +0000