Village People’s “YMCA” motivated Hamilton in Hungary

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Lewis Hamilton says Village People’s song “YMCA” was on his mind throughout the whole Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session.

Lewis Hamilton scored his 101st pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying and afterwards he revealed a peculiar “motivator”.

“Yeah, the first run… The lap really felt beautiful,” the Briton in the post-qualifying press conference.

“It was a real build up. A lot of qualifying sessions you sometimes get your best lap in Q1 or Q2 or something like that.

“It never goes always to plan whereas today I got the best lap Q3, run one. So I was really, really happy with it.


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“I had the song YMCA just on my mind the whole session. I’m not really sure why, I haven’t really been listening to it but that was what was the motivator today.

“So I guess it bodes well for the weekend.”

This prompted Valtteri Bottas to ask: Are you going to sing it?”

To which Lewis responded: “It’s a great song!”

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