British Grand Prix 2013: Hamilton thanks ‘incredible home support’

British Grand Prix 2013: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wants to do "something special" for his fans after sealing pole

Sportsbeat
By and    
lewis hamilton
Lewis Hamilton will start from pole on Sunday Photo: Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton said it was an “incredible feeling” to claim pole in his home race at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Mercedes performed strongly throughout the session and Hamilton pipped team-mate Nico Rosberg to secure pole position in the final seconds of the third qualifying session.

Hamilton was overjoyed by the support from the crowd, standing atop his Mercedes and drinking in the rapturous applause and cheers from his fans.

It is Hamilton’s first pole since China and he becomes the first Brit to make the front of the grid at Silverstone in six years.

“It’s an incredible feeling – it feels like 2007,” said Hamilton. “The crowd have been great – such a great turnout – that was a lap for them.

“I hope we can do something special in the race. It’s phenomenal because I haven’t been feeling 100 per cent comfortable in the car.”

Rosberg will join Hamilton on the front row of the grid and put their success down to having the fastest car.

But he remained cautious about race day.

“We are confident we have improved and some of the other cars may be better than us but finishing in the top two can only be good,” said Rosberg.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who qualified in third, congratulated Hamilton for a “phenomenal lap” but remains hopeful for tomorrow’s race.

“We will see what happens,” said the German. “It is a long race. I’m honestly very happy today.

“I don’t know if Lewis found a short cut or he just found something special here – it was a phenomenal lap.

“It is always nice to position well in qualifying here. I am looking forward to the race and we will see how are with looking after the tyres.”

The race looks set to be a battle between the Red Bulls and Mercedes as Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso face a tough challenge after struggling for pace all weekend.

Alonso, who qualified 10th, was clearly disappointed by his Ferrari’s performance, having admitted prior to qualifying that he needed to catch up championship leader Vettel.

“We were not competitive all weekend and it’s not normal to see Ferrari out of Q3,” said Alonso.

“We need to recover now and it was a bad Saturday. We didn’t improve the car enough in the last four to five races and we ordered some new parts but they didn’t do what we expected. We need to keep on working.”

MORE: Get TREBLE the odds on any sports bet. T&Cs apply

MORE: Have your say on Facebook

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

The Sport Review
Eden Hazard reacts to Diego Costa’s display in Man City v Chelsea
Slideshow
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
Slideshow
The Sport Review
The top 15 highest-paid football managers in 2016: Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea bosses feature
The Sport Review
Top 30 highest-paid Premier League players: Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Real Madrid player wages 2016: Can you guess how much Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale earn?
The Sport Review
Top 26 Christian footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd players feature
The Sport Review
Barcelona player wages 2016: Can you guess how much Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez earn?
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
15 Chelsea January transfer targets: Di Maria, Hazard, Lukaku, Verratti and more
The Sport Review
Top 25 most stylish footballers: Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Jamie Carragher reacts to Liverpool’s 4-3 loss at Bournemouth
The Sport Review
Ian Wright reacts to Alexis Sanchez’s display in Arsenal’s 5-1 win at West Ham
The Sport Review
Thierry Henry reacts to Eden Hazard’s display for Chelsea at Man City