Hamilton: Pole position not vital in Austria
20 June 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says pole position in Austria will be less important than at other races, given the sizeable run between Turns 1 and 2.
The Mercedes driver topped Friday practice at the Red Bull Ring, clocking a 1:09.542 to lead team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.377 seconds.
But he has suggested that the key to leading at the end of the first lap could be the run out of the first corner, with the car ahead exposed.
"I don't actually think pole is going to be the most important thing, as there's a long straight up to Turn 2," Hamilton explained.
"But I'd still like to get pole and that's my goal."
On his car's handling, Hamilton said: "Even after my first laps in FP1, I was feeling really comfortable.
"[I was] always finding time with new lines and different things. To be that quick was a really good feeling."
Hamilton went on to state that he remains comfortable about his championship position ahead of this weekend's race, and is hopeful that he will be able to start a run that eventually eradicates Rosberg's 22-point lead.
"Pressure and hunting definitely brings out the better side [of me]," he continued. "When you're in front you feel vulnerable. Any mistake you make you're going to be caught up, whereas for me it's the other way around."