Lewis Hamilton: “I can’t believe that we’re at 100”

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After claiming his historic 100th pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton said the achievement was “down to the men and women that are back at the factory”.

Lewis Hamilton once again made history by becoming the first and only F1 driver to claim 100 pole positions. After qualifying, Lewis explained what went into his pole lap.

“FP3 was looking really good, I think we’ve been strong all weekend,” said the Briton.

“I made some changes, and I had a bit of anxiety about the changes that we were potentially going to make for qualifying.

“We always try to make the car better, but it’s a bit of a gamble because you’ve also got to keep the race in mind also.

“Anyway, we made the change and as soon as I got out I was like, ‘this is the wrong one’.

“It was my call in the end, but it was really hard, so that’s why I was behind the whole way through qualifying, and I was making small tweaks here and there to try and elevate pace-wise.

“But the first lap [in Q3] was the best lap that I got through the whole session, which is great. I tried to improve the next lap, I think I was a tenth-and-a-half up, but then I couldn’t keep it.”

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Lewis explained that his qualifying set-up left his car understeering into corners.

“[It] wouldn’t turn around the corner the way that I wanted, so you’re waiting and waiting and waiting.

“I was making small adjustments to try, within what we are able to change in order to get the car to turn.”

Finally, the Briton gave credit for his historic achievement to his team at Mercedes.

“I can’t believe that we’re at 100. It is down to the men and women that are back at the factory who are continuously raising the bar and just never giving up, the support that I have.

“It’s been a dream for me to work with these guys and the journey that we’ve been on, it’s been immense.

“Who would have thought at the end of 2012 when we made the decision to partner, we would be qualifying at 100?

“I feel very humble, very grateful, and I’m ecstatic, like it’s my first,” concluded Hamilton.

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