Lewis Hamilton believed his lap to secure pole position at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Saturday was ‘fantastic’ after securing his fifty-sixth pole of his career on Saturday afternoon.
The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver stormed to top spot with a lap of 1:21.135, 0.478 seconds faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg and more than eight-tenths of a second clear of the rest of the field.
“I loved that lap, it felt fantastic,” said Hamilton. “It was poetry in motion – the adrenaline was crazy.”
Hamilton admitted that he has felt good on track all weekend long, and felt that kind of lap time was on if he could get the balance of his car set-up perfected, and now is looking for a good race on Sunday to attempt to extend his championship lead over Rosberg.
“I’ve felt good all weekend and it all started with the initial set-up from Friday,” said Hamilton. “I’ve been working closely with my engineers and mechanics, taking small steps forward with the balance of the car, and I knew if it all came together then I could do that kind of lap time.
“It’s a really tough circuit and you have to get everything right, especially the braking zones. The team has done another fantastic job today and I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”