Formula 1

Hamilton Thrilled By “Exciting Qualifying session!”

1 Mins read
Lewis Hamilton - 2018 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix
Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.

Despite being beaten by his Scuderia Ferrari rivals, Lewis Hamilton was left thrilled by the 2018 Italian Grand Prix‘s exhilarating qualifying session.

Hamilton was embroiled in a session-long fight with title rival Sebastian Vettel and the other Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen for pole-position at Monza. In the final Q3 segment, Hamilton had bested both scarlet cars with the fastest F1 lap of all time, beating a fourteen year-old record held by Juan Pablo Montoya.

In the dying seconds however, Vettel eclipsed Hamilton’s time by just fourteen hundredths-of-a-second. Hamilton was demoted further when Räikkönen finally settled the battle with a lap almost two tenths-of-a-second quicker than Hamilton’s, leaving the championship leader third on Sunday’s grid.

“That was an exciting qualifying session!” said Hamilton. “We’ve improved the car overnight and I’m really happy with where we were today. I’m really proud of my guys for pushing this hard – we’ve squeezed absolutely everything out of the car today.

“Going into the second run of Q3, I kind of knew that the Ferraris might just be able to pull out some extra bit of time, but I think second place might have been possible today.

“I lost maybe half a tenth in the last corner and that’s the difference between third and second.”

Hamilton now looks to take the fight to the Ferraris in front of their home crowd during a 53-lap race in which he is looking to “really apply the pressure.”

“We’ve got to fight hard tomorrow. The long run pace of the Ferraris looked quicker than ours, so it’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure.

“The start will hopefully create an opportunity for us. I’ve got to study hard tonight to figure out a way how I can get in front of at least one of the Ferraris on the first lap. It’s great that Valtteri is right behind me, so we can really apply the pressure on the red cars.”

427 posts

About author
Formula 1 Writer for TheCheckeredFlag. Tried racing once, crashed lots; writing about it is much safer. Follow me on Twitter @CVennF1
Related posts
Formula 1

Alpine vs. McLaren: Four points apart in the fight for fourth

5 Mins read
The battle between Alpine and McLaren for fourth place in the constructors championship will be a storyline to follow going into the second half of the 2022 season– Which team will come out on top?
Formula 1

Szafnauer Expecting Piastri Contract Battle to go to London High Court

1 Mins read
Otmar Szafnauer says Oscar Piastri’s contract dispute is likely to go to London’s High Court if the Australian does not honour the contract he has with Alpine in 2023.
Formula 1

No Clause in Gasly’s Contract to Allow Move from AlphaTauri to Alpine in 2023 – Marko

1 Mins read
Pierre Gasly does not have a clause in his contract to allow him to leave AlphaTauri to join Alpine in 2023, according to Helmut Marko.