Hamilton: The start and the tyre management will be key for the...

Hamilton: The start and the tyre management will be key for the race

Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel
photo: Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton claimed his 76th career pole position, beating Sebastian Vettel by 44 thousandths of a second for the pole position for the 2018 British Grand prix. That was his sixth pole at the Silverstone circuit and fourth of the 2018 season. Valtteri Bottas will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from P4 on the grid.

Lewis Hamilton

That lap took everything out of me, it was the toughest lap I’ve ever had to do in a qualifying session. I had to go over the limit to get that time out of the car and I could have easily not pulled that lap together, so I’m thankful that I was able to do it. I knew that the fans were right there with me; every time I go out I see them cheering. The support I get at this track is phenomenal; it means the world to me and it really lifts me up. The start and the tyre management will be key for the race; I’m going to see my guys tonight and tell them to keep pushing so that we’re as good as we can get tomorrow.

Valtteri Bottas

I’m disappointed – our pace was good today and it was all going well for me, but I lost it in the last two corners. I went a bit too deep into Turn 16, lost a few tenths there and dropped to fourth. Without that mistake, I think I would have been fighting for pole today. The Ferraris looked strong yesterday already and it was very close today between us and them, so I expect a similarly close fight tomorrow. It’s not going to be easy to pass them tomorrow, but we’ve seen overtaking on this track before, so there’s still an opportunity for more. We saw blistering last week in Austria, so keeping the tyres in good condition is going to be the key tomorrow given the high temperatures. It is going to be a long and hot race, a tough battle, but I’m looking forward to it.