Hamilton stunned by Spa pole position
24 August 2013 – Lewis Hamilton has admitted that his Spa-Francorchamps pole position came as a massive surprise, the Mercedes driver bouncing back from challenging free practice sessions to top the Saturday afternoon timesheets for the fourth weekend in a row.
Having struggled with the balance of his car throughout the weekend, Hamilton took full advantage of changing weather conditions in the final qualifying phase, surging to the front to deny championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 0.188 seconds.
"I was just so surprised when I came across the line," the 2008 World Champion commented. "When I started the lap I was about seventh or eighth and thought, ‘Oh my god’. It was raining more; I went wide at Turn 1 and my dash display said I was three seconds down, then five and six. I didn’t understand but just kept on pushing and I could see I was catching Sebastian. What a blessing! I’m so happy to be here."
Hamilton went on to explain that he still views Red Bull’s RB9 chassis as the fastest overall package, but is hopeful of putting up a stern victory fight on Sunday afternoon.
"This weekend they [Vettel and Webber] have both shown that they have incredible pace," he explained. "I'm hoping whatever the conditions we can try to fight it out with them. Red bull is generally a little bit ahead of us in performance, so that's why results like today feel even better. I think we extracted more than the car could actually do."
Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg will start the race from fourth position.