Hamilton 'overwhelmed' by top spot

By on Saturday, May 10, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says he is 'overwhelmed' after claiming pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton eclipsed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to take top spot in Spain for the first time in his career.

"I'm overwhelmed to get pole position because I've had a pretty tough day in the car, particularly after yesterday went so well," he said.

"I was really happy on Friday and we changed a couple of small things overnight, just the tiniest of tweaks. But it was a real handful today because track conditions had changed. Nico [Rosberg] had a strong P3 and first two sessions of qualifying, so we were making small adjustments to the differential to try and make improvements to how the car was handling for Q3.

"On that final run, I really had to eke out everything and more from the car and myself to get pole and I'm so happy that I managed it. The hard work from the team and the development step we have made this weekend are totally inspiring for me - I haven't experienced this level of performance before."

Rosberg remains pleased and reckons tyre performance will be crucial during the race.

"I had a good feeling throughout today and I quite enjoyed Qualifying," he said.

"I had a good lap at the end but Lewis just did a better job in Q3. Starting second is a bit of a disadvantage but it's such a long straight down to the first corner, so I will hope to have a better start than Lewis tomorrow and overtake him. It's also a long race where tyre degradation will be a key issue so there may be some opportunities to take advantage."

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