GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS
Lewis Hamilton has spoken of his delight at securing pole for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
The Brit qualified ahead of the Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola.
He said: “The day has been great. I definitely didn’t expect us to be ahead of two Red Bulls. They have been so quick this weekend. There were times when they were six tenths ahead, we didn’t really know where we would be.
“But the car has been feeling better from the beginning this weekend so respect to the team for the hard work to really narrow down the window.
“I love the challenge. I think it’s great finally we’ve got the two Red Bulls there. It’s definitely going to make strategy harder and it’ll be a real challenge because they have got great race pace.
“Their pace was a little bit stronger in the long run yesterday but I’m just so happy.
“The first lap was really nice, really clean. There were some improvements on the second lap but it wasn’t quite as good as the first one, but I’m really grateful. I came around the last corner and heard that I got the pole and I was very grateful.”
Meanwhile, Nikita Mazepin is ‘trying too hard’ at the start of his F1 career.
His Haas team boss Guenther Steiner said: “I said to him: ‘You need to keep your head high. These things happen and obviously in the moment he’s the beat-up boy, you know? Everybody beats up on him. That makes it tougher.
“In the end you come out on the better side – but you just need to keep your head up, focus on your next race and keep on going.
“At some stage [the incidents] need to be reduced but he is trying very hard for that and I guess sometimes he is trying too hard.
“He needs to find that limit. But that’s for him to find, not us. We can help him in doing that.”
And finally, Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell revealed he had a “Pastor Maldonado moment” in qualifying.
He said: “It’s no secret that Mercedes are struggling a bit with the battery deployment, and every single metre gives you a metre at the end of the lap.
“So I wanted to go into that mode as late as possible, as in halfway through the corner, before I picked up the power.
“Tyres were a bit cold, I wasn’t fully concentrated. It contributed to a Pastor Maldonado moment!”