Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport‘s Lewis Hamilton has praised the team for their ‘faultless’ work overnight to help capture pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Hamilton managed to capture Mercedes’ 100th pole position in Formula 1, as he aims to win for the first time as a five-time world champion.
The Brit managed to beat Scuderia Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel by 0.093 seconds in mixed conditions for qualifying, managing to turn the performance around after Hamilton struggled to get to grips around the 2.6 mile Interlagos circuit on Friday.
The newly crowned champion said the team’s effort overnight helped as he needed to give 100% on track to claim pole.
“It was so close between us, we needed 100 percent today, not 99. I was really happy with my lap and I think that we did a great job collectively as a team to get pole today,” said Hamilton.
“We had to do a lot of work overnight and the team was faultless with their efforts. I was really happy after my first lap, I immediately knew that we were off to a good start. The track felt good, the grip was amazing and it felt better than ever.”
Hamilton will be aiming to claim his first win after being crowned champion, failing to do after winning the championship early back in 2015 and 2017. He has won around Interlagos once in the wet in 2016.
The Mercedes driver is a fan of the circuit, claiming that they don’t design tracks like the Brazilian circuit anymore.
“It’s a fantastic circuit, they generally don’t make circuits like this anymore – it’s quite hilly, quite short, very technical and overall very challenging,” added Hamilton.
“The rain was popping in every now and then, so it was difficult to really tell whether it was going to be slippery in the next corner or not.
“That was definitely tricky, but I think all of us did quite a good job and luckily the rain held off, so we could push at the end.”