Hamilton delighted by final Q3 lap

By on Saturday, April 2, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton expressed his delight after he claimed his 51st pole position with a rapid final effort in Q3 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton was down in fourth place after his first run in the final shootout session but set the quickest ever lap of the Sakhir circuit to move clear, turning the tables on Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, after the German's superiority across practice.

"I'm really happy with that lap," said Hamilton. "Throughout practice and qualifying I went around and did a lap, it wasn't quite perfect, Nico was ahead by a tenth or whatever, so to finally put it all together.

"It was actually more of a pressured lap because the previous lap I went off, so I went into it knowing that I had to improve even more than I did on the lap before.

"Nico's been on it all weekend, and I was generally struggling to put laps together. Luckily the one lap I put together was the last one, it's probably the only one all weekend so far."

Rosberg believed he had pole position secured until Hamilton's second effort.

"I think Lewis just did a great lap in the end," he said. "My lap felt good, and I was actually sure that I was on pole position, but that wasn't the case today!

"The good news for me is that this is one of the tracks where pole position counts for the least. Strategy tomorrow will be important and maybe even quite messy, so there are still a lot of opportunities.

"You have a few more places to overtake here than at other tracks too, so I'm quite confident for tomorrow."

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