user icon
user icon

Hamilton: "I made sure I made it stick today"

  • Published on 07 Oct 2017 09:44
  • comments 0
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton has claimed his first ever pole position around the Suzuka Circuit, beating his rivals in a session where Mercedes was a step ahead of the rest of the grid. Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas claimed second, making it the first one-two qualifying finish for Mercedes since Azerbaijan earlier this year.

Hamilton has had pole position at the Fuji Speedway but can now tick Suzuka off his list. Speaking to interviewer and former teammate Jenson Button after the session, the three-times world champion admitted that he was adamant he took pole position today.

"It's been a really good day and every lap was fantastic," he said. "You [Jenson] were rapid here, Nico was rapid here, I never really got a great balance in the past so I never really did great in qualifying. So to finally get the balance behind me with the great work of my engineers and the great timing from all the mechanics, I finally got on track and did the time.

"The car is crazy here, I wish you could feel it. I'm running out of opportunities to get this pole so I made sure I made it stick today. Valtteri did a great job, obviously he's got the penalty at the start, but still he's got a great opportunity in the race to get up there with us."

Hamilton went on to speak about the ability of the 2017 cars have around the iconic Japanese Circuit. Last year's pole time, set by Nico Rosberg, was a 1:30.647, which appears unrushed when compared to the 2017 figure, a 1:27.319.

"It’s just incredible to come here with this car. This track is one of the greatest circuits and with this car it’s mind-blowing. It’s insane the speeds this car is throwing us around inside and the way you can throw the car around is like the craziest roller-coaster ride."

 

Fergal Walsh

Replies (0)

Login to reply

GB F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Local time 

GB F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team McLaren
  • Points 37
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 41
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Date of b. Jan 19 1980 (40)
  • Place of b. Frome, Somerset, United Kingdom
  • Weight 72 kg
  • Length 1.82 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
3 - Jul 5
Austria
10 - Jul 12
Austria
17 - Jul 19
Hungary
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom
14 - Aug 16
Spain
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
11 - Sep 13
Italy
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Germany
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
10 - Jul 12
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
Hungary Hungaroring
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom Silverstone
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
14 - Aug 16
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
11 - Sep 13
Italy Mugello
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
Germany Nurburgring
See full schedule
show sidebar