Imola is the 30th different track where Lewis has snatched the pole position and It came down to a nail-biting finish when during last runs of Q3, four drivers were looking in contention for the pole including Lando Norris of McLaren, but it was Lewis who was able to put together a perfect lap to snatch pole by just 0.035s.
After a perfect pole position and to surprise of many, Lewis Hamilton thinks and of a view that he will need perfect laps throughout the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in order to win the race.
“They (Red Bull Racing) are so strong –it’s going to take absolutely perfect laps to stay ahead of them if we are going to have a chance of the win tomorrow,” said seven-time world champion in post Qualifying debrief.
Lewis Hamilton thinks the medium and high-speed corners and low temperatures were the key to his pole position and the conditions favored his car to get the pole position and beat Red Bull.
“This track is all medium and high-speed corners, so I think that’s why we’ve closed the gap. Temperatures are much lower which has brought us closer to the Red Bulls.”
Explaining his Qualifying lap Lewis said it needed a perfect lap and something out of ordinary to beat the Red Bulls as they have been so fast through out the weekend and it needed a little something.
“I knew going into qualifying and especially that last lap, it was going to take something special,” he added. “It really had to be the most perfect lap and a little bit more to beat the Red Bulls because they really have been so fast all weekend. And I didn’t honestly know whether we could do it.
“The first lap in Q3, I started a tenth up in [Turns] 2 and 3 and I knew I was onto a good lap, but the second sector I lost a little in Turn 12. So, the second time around, unfortunately I came out of Turn 1… a tenth down, and by the time I got to Turn 9 I was a tenth and a half down, but managed to regain that through the middle and the last sector. So having those two together, would have been the perfect, perfect lap.”
Furthermore, Lewis thanked the and appreciated the team for the work they have done over the weekend to close down the gap and made the car fastest on the track. At times Red Bull were even more than half a second faster than the Mercedes but team was able to surpass that gap.
“Today has been great, obviously. I definitely didn’t expect us to be ahead of the two Red Bulls. I think they’ve been so quick this weekend. There were times when they were six tenths ahead. We didn’t really know where they would be, but the car was already feeling a lot better from the beginning of this weekend, so you know, mad respect to the Team for the hard work to really narrow down the window.”