Hamilton elated with 'cautious' pole position

By on Saturday, July 9, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

World Champion Lewis Hamilton admitted he took a cautious approach to his final Q3 effort after his initial pole position lap was deleted due to exceeding track limits at the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton had set provisional pole but stewards deemed he ran wide at Copse and chalked off his time, leaving Nico Rosberg on top spot.

Hamilton responded by setting a lap faster than his initial best as he netted pole position at Silverstone for the fourth time in his Formula 1 career.

"The penultimate lap was a very good lap but unfortunately it was taken away," he explained.

"I touched the kerb but it pulled me further. It didn't feel like I was going to be running wide but the car bottomed and kind of bounced just outside the line.

"[There waas] a lot of pressure for that last lap. I was just sitting in the garage and I knew that I couldn't let the guys down as on the first lap I had.

"The second lap wasn’t as good but I was obviously making sure I was cautious, making sure I got that lap in.

"I’m grateful that I did and really again thank you to my team who have done an amazing job to have the performance we have this weekend, it’s outstanding."

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