Lewis Hamilton after Quali: “I’m over the moon!”

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Lewis Hamilton is back on pole, this time for the Sprint Qualifying race! The Briton gives his first comments on Friday’s qualifying session.

After five difficult races where Red Bull dominated, the tide could be on the verge of turning at the British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton managed to qualify in P1 for tomorrow’s Spring Qualifying race, and after the session he was understandably overjoyed.

“Red Bull were very quick in that practice session but we were staying very focused on our job and trying to layer up,” Hamilton said after the session.

“I was in the sim this morning using it as a practice session because it’s the first time we’ve ever had a morning free, just putting in the time and to give absolutely everything. Leave no stone unturned.”

Lewis was then asked to give more details about the sim session.

“I was in the factory on the sim on Tuesday. And we had this morning free and I was like ‘Look, I’m not gonna sit around and waste time. Let’s get to it.’

“So we did a practice session this morning on there. And also just trying to develop it, trying to give the guys as much information as possible.

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“So as we’re developing the car, we’re squeezing absolutely every ounce of performance in this thing. But it was holding together today. So I’m over the moon!”

The session was held in front of a capacity crowd for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. This being Lewis’ home race, he was understandably emotional to see so many of his supporters.

“We have been missing this for a whole year. I’m so grateful to see everyone here – we’ve missed you for a whole year.

“To come to the Silverstone grand prix and have a full crowd like this, you see the energy and when I was coming into it with the great work we’ve done together in the team plus the energy of the fans would give us there.

“This is down to the fans I think.That first lap was great. The second one was looking even better but just lost the back end in that last corner, so my heart was in my mouth as I crossed the line.

“But I could see the crowd and it was really reminiscent of my first pole here in 2007,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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