Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016

Pole is “three out of three” for Hamilton

2016 Spanish Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton said he’s pleased to have taken “three out of three” pole positions so far this year following his recent problems in qualifying.

The world champion took pole position for the first two races of the year but was unable to run in Q3 in China and Russia due to power unit problems. He hit back at the Circuit de Catalunya today with his third pole of the season.

“I’m very happy with getting the lap,” said Hamilton after qualifying. “Obviously Nico’s been very strong all weekend so it was crucial that bit by bit, one step at a time, I’ve really been trying to bring the pace together.”

“But firstly I really want to say a big thank you to the team, all the guys back at the factory, for working so hard over the last two weeks to really try to rectify the issues that we’ve had.”

“This is three out of three for me so I’m pretty happy,” Hamilton continued. “Obviously I didn’t get to compete in the last two qualifying sessions so very, very happy with it, very grateful as well.”

“The car was great, yesterday was a bit of a difficult day so to be able to start on the right foot today is a real blessing.”

Hamilton has been concentrating on improving his starts which have been a weakness for him this season.

“Hopefully everything comes together,” he said. “I’ve been working on the starts obviously past races and I know we’re in the best position to start from so try and get off on the right foot and tomorrow could be the day.”

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10 comments on “Pole is “three out of three” for Hamilton”

  1. Great to see Mercedes giving Lewis a shot, his pace over ROS was pretty big though. If RBR can keep catching Mercedes, thats even better for Lewis.

    1. Poor reliability isn’t by choice.

  2. Fudge Ahmed (@)
    14th May 2016, 15:00

    Finally.

  3. Thats a good point by the way. Rosberg is yet to beat Hamilton for pole in Q3 in 2016.

    1. That is the strange thing with all the people saying that somehow Lewis has suddenly lost his speed when Rosberg has only been on pole when Lewis car has not competed in Q3 in all the two qualifying that Nico has got pole this year.Lewis is still the faster driver between the two

      1. Its has been all about bad luck in qualy and bad starts for Lewis this year. (in China had both)
        So hes yet to have a good start tomorrow to convert it to win. Only halfway through.

      2. Even without pole, then Rosberg has still won all the races. So lets see what happens tomorrow in the race.
        Granted, I would enjoy to see Hamilton catch up on the points to keep it tight to the end of the season.

  4. very nice drive today Luigi!

  5. The Professor
    14th May 2016, 22:03

    Loss of pace? Simple. Ferrari haven’t had a good car designer since Rory Byrne that’s 10 years,yes, the Richest team in F1 hasn’t had a good car designer for 10 years, that’s like Man Utd employing Alan Pardew as manager they don’t because they are not egotistical buffoons like Ferrari.

  6. Interesting fact, ignoring the fact it was taken from him in 2012, pole has alternated between Hamilton and Rosberg every year since then. Rosberg for pole 2017!

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