Hamilton 'grateful' for smooth session
6 September 2014 – Lewis Hamilton has said that he is "grateful" after a relatively smooth Italian Grand Prix qualifying session yielded pole position.
Mercedes driver Hamilton endured Q1 exits in Germany and Hungary, while he was also hindered by brake issues at Spa-Francorchamps.
But he bounced back at Monza to claim his first pole position since the Spanish Grand Prix, ending team-mate Nico Rosberg's four-race run.
"I'm very proud of the guys on my side of the garage," Hamilton said.
"They've been through the difficult times and they've done a good job bouncing back, fixing the car and working on the difficulties."
Looking back at his run without a pole position, Hamilton added: "For these seven races I've always gone in thinking it'll be a clean weekend. You saw the issue we had yesterday, Nico had a problem today, it's an area we're trying to improve on as a team, but I'm grateful to get through the session today, it's a great feeling."
As the focus switched to race day, Hamilton made clear that he is not afraid of a fight, providing it is clean.
"We're free to race, that was the decision we made last weekend," he said. "Tomorrow would be really good to get another one-two. I also hope we have some competition – with [Williams] it'd be great for the fans."