Hamilton grabs pole at Silverstone track
SILVERSTONE, England (CMC):
Reigning Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton, put Friday's practice problems behind him to storm to his eighth pole of the season and install himself as favourite to win his home Grand Prix at Silverstone today.
The Brit, whose paternal grandparents are Grenadian, had struggled with the pace and balance of his car just 24 hours earlier, but experienced no such issues when it mattered most yesterday, posting the fastest lap of one minute, 32.248 seconds.
His time was just one-tenth of a second faster than Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and the result set up another front row battle between the two rivals.
"It's a special day and an extra special feeling getting pole on my home turf in front of all the fantastic fans that have come out here to Silverstone," said Hamilton.
"They've been absolutely incredible, so a big thank you to everyone for the support. It hasn't been a completely smooth weekend - I'd not quite managed to find the right balance throughout the practice sessions."
He added: "Although it's my favourite part of the track, it's been tough through the middle sector, in particular, with the wind. But luckily, it all came together in qualifying. That was such a buzz - having the car working underneath me and seeing all the flags waving out of the corner of my eye as I came round the lap."