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Monaco GP | Lewis Hamilton - "This is one of my best poles"

The Briton took Pole after an incredible lap in Monaco. Will he get victory too?

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Monaco GP | Lewis Hamilton - "This is one of my best poles"
Fuente imagen: Mercedes AMG F1

The week started as a roller coaster of emotions for the Mercedes team and especially for Lewis Hamilton.
The shocking news of Niki Lauda's passing has been terrible for Lewis, who managed to avoid journalists and the drivers press conference on Wednesday.


"I was really in touch with Niki a lot, through this past eight months. We would be sending videos back and forth to each other and it was always difficult because some days he looked good and he was really perky and ‘I’m coming back, I’m coming strong and I’ll be at this race’ and then there’s other days where he had immediately lost a lot of weight. So it was definitely tough from afar." Said the five time World Champion after scoring an incredible Pole Position.

Lauda was mainly the reason why Lewis signed with Mercedes.

"In all of these years, he’s kind of been my partner in crime: all negotiations, when we were pushing for improvements on the car he was such a racer and even though he wasn’t racing himself he would come up to us and say ‘what could we do better, what needs to be improved on the car?’  You would say front suspension or it’s downforce or it’s the engine and he would say OK and he will go to the factory and he’ll be giving them arseholes like he would always say! So yeah, ultimately he was part of the process of changing my life."

After a rough start, then, Lewis can be pretty happy on how things worked out here in Monaco: Hamilton scored his first Pole Position since Melbourne '19 (a long interval, considering he is the one who scored more Pole Position than anyone in Formula 1 history), with a lap that wasn't that convincing. He had a surprised tone himself on the radio after the chekered flag.

🗣 “THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! YES!!” pic.twitter.com/AX0L6ikbj9

"Wve arrived with a great car and then a great battle with Valtteri," said the number 44 on the grip to Paul Di Resta. "who has just been quick all weekend and all these races up until now, and just the desire and the will to get this pole; it means so much to me. I had to dig was deeper than ever. And I’m so glad that I could get that deep. I’m just really grateful to my team and the lap was beautiful. So I feel amazing, and just super grateful."

"The lap was hard and particularly at the end I had an oversteer moment coming in Rascasse and I just managed to pull it off, you know. And then coming out of the last corner I was losing a little bit out of the last corner but still I was coming across the line hoping ‘OK, just that one millisecond, I hope that makes the difference’. I don’t know what the gap is, but I’ll take it whatever it is. It’s perfect."

Lewis Hamilton will start from the front row alongside Valtteri Bottas; behind him, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel.
They say that 95% of the job is done on Saturday here in Monaco. Will Lewis finish in the same position he will start in?

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