Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he was surprised to learn he had taken pole position ahead of this Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Briton is starting from pole for the fourth time this season, and this weekend sees the continuation of a line of consecutive Mercedes pole positions. However, it was Sebastian Vettel who was being hotly tipped for top honours on Saturday having dominated both Friday practice sessions.
“I was really surprised when the guys told me over the radio that I was on pole today,” Hamilton admitted this afternoon. “It was a good lap but I thought Sebastian had done enough. So it’s fantastic – and also to get three pole positions in a row. It’s great to start from the front but, like we know, the race is where we score the points.
Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix three times in his career but admits that he’ll have to fight off both Lotus cars and Sebastian Vettel: “Looking to tomorrow, this is a tough circuit to overtake on but it’s also a long run down to the first corner, and both Seb and the Lotus cars will be really quick. We have a good car but the race will come down to how we use the tyres. We are working hard to improve in that area and we had some reasonable long runs yesterday.
We’ll have to see how it goes because it’s going to be tough in these high temperatures. I would love to have a real race with the guys around me, a proper battle, and the goal has to be to collect as many points as we can.”