Hamilton dispels talk of distractions
8 September 2012 – Lewis Hamilton was quick to react to thoughts that he may have been distracted by off-track happenings in Italy. The McLaren driver, who sealed pole from team-mate Jenson Button, has been linked with a 2013 move to Mercedes since the weekend began.
“I haven’t had any distractions this weekend,” Hamilton said in the post-qualifying press conference. “So it’s been quite positive. The support from my family and friends has been great so I’m just looking forward to a good weekend.
“It’s been a tough weekend but we’ve managed to work on the package the guys brought from the factory and they’ve done a fantastic job. I managed to get a half decent lap, so I’m pretty happy and it’s great for the team to have me and Jenson at the front.”
The result marks Hamilton’s second pole in Italy, after 2009.