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Hamilton: Q2 spin prompted 'hardest turnaround' to grab pole
Lewis Hamilton admits his run to a record seventh British Grand Prix pole position proved the “hardest turnaround” as he recovered from a spin midway through qualifying. Despite beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pole, Hamilton had found himself on the back foot to the Finn in the opening two segments. Trying to match Bottas’ laptime on the medium tyre in Q2, Hamilton lost the rear of his car on the exit of Luffield, resulting in a spin and causing a red flag due to gravel being disposed on track.
Lewis Hamilton says he had to make the "hardest turnaround" after spinning midway through Formula 1 qualifying at Silverstone to take pole position for the British Grand Prix.
position of his F1 career on Saturday at Silverstone, leading Mercedes to a front row lock-out.
Hamilton beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas by three-tenths of a second in the final stage of qualifying, but had trailed the Finn through both Q1 and Q2.
Like juggling balls on a moving plate! – Hamilton thrilled to recover from spin
After recovering to take pole at his home race, Lewis Hamilton reflected on the difficult but "awesome" track conditions at Silverstone.Six-time Formula One world champion and 2020 standings leader Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by a comfortable margin of 0.313 seconds on Saturday.
A spin for Hamilton at Luffield saw him lose his opening run in Q2 and spark a red flag after dragging gravel onto the racing line as he returned to the track.
Hamilton explained that some subtle set-up changes made after practice on Friday had left the car feeling unstable at points, causing his spin.
"In actual fact it really wasn't a nice qualifying session for me," Hamilton said.
"I had this inconsistency with the balance of the car, I was struggling. I got into Q2 and had that big snap and spin, which is my first spin in some time.
"Luckily the tyres were fine, but then we came in and I went back out on another fresh set, which was just fine.
"Then it's just really trying to recompose yourself and get yourself back aligned, because it's about building, just building blocks when you go through qualifying.
Hamilton: Hungarian GP was one of my favourite races
Nobody ever looked like beating Lewis Hamilton at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but it was still one of his favourite races.The Mercedes driver converted his 90th pole into a record-equalling eighth win at the Hungaroring, matching the number of victories Michael Schumacher accumulated at the French Grand Prix.
"That was probably the hardest turnaround I would say, knowing that Valtteri had just been putting in quick lap after quick lap.
"So to go into Q3 with a fresh reset mentally and put in those two laps, I feel great.
"Valtteri has been pushing all weekend, he was incredibly quick here.
"I think I had a tenth and a half advantage to him after the first lap, and I knew that he would pick up some pace in that second run, so the pressure was still on to go out and do better."
Hamilton paid tribute to the Mercedes team for its efforts after dominating qualifying at Silverstone, finishing over a second clear of Max Verstappen in third for Red Bull.
The result marked Mercedes' seventh consecutive pole position for the British Grand Prix, a record stretching back to the start of the V6 hybrid era in 2014.
"It's pretty incredible, the performance here," Hamilton added.
Bottas felt final Hungary F1 qualifying lap gave him shot at pole
Valtteri Bottas felt some frustration after losing out to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Hungary Formula 1 qualifying, initially believing his final lap gave him a shot at pole position .Mercedes dominated Saturday's Formula 1 qualifying session at the Hungaroring as Hamilton led a front row lock-out for the team, edging out Bottas in the final moments of Q3.Bottas finished over eight-tenths clear of Racing Point's Lance Stroll in third place, but his lap was not enough to deny Hamilton pole, who went 0.107 seconds quicker.
"This track is really one of the best tracks in the world, especially when the wind is right like today, and the temperatures are just right.
"This team is remarkable. I'm incredibly grateful to this team who continue to do a great job back at the factory, and also here during the weekends.
"Bit by bit we continue to step forwards.
"We're still powering ahead, we're not resting on the performance that we have, we're trying to push the boundaries and the limits. That's the most impressive thing about this team."
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Albon blames balance struggles with Red Bull for British GP Q2 exit .
Alex Albon feels balance struggles dashed his hopes of a strong showing in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, as the Red Bull driver failed to escape from Q2 .Following an encouraging start to Friday practice as new parts helped his RB16 feel more hooked up, the Thai driver had been put on the backfoot after suffering a hefty crash at Stowe in FP2 that forced a car rebuild overnight.Having lost further track time on Saturday morning due to an electric problem in final practice, Albon never felt on top of things and was at a loss to explain why he failed to get through to Q3 after a late attempt on softs.