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Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes ‘open-minded’ approach paid off in qualifying

BARCELONA, Spain — After breaking Sebastian Vettel’s run of three consecutive pole positions on Saturday, Lewis Hamilton has put Mercedes’ return to type right down to an open-minded approach to drawback fixing.

Hamilton took his first pole place for the reason that opening spherical in Australia on the Spanish Grand Prix, beating teammate Valtteri Bottas to the highest spot by zero.040s. After three races struggling for one-lap tempo, the return to a excessive-pace circuit with excessive-power corners appeared to swimsuit the Mercedes, however Hamilton credit his staff’s artistic approach to drawback fixing for his return to the entrance this weekend.

“Definitely the team has been working so hard, so a huge thank you to everyone working hard back at the factory,” he stated. “We actually tried to proceed to know and be open-minded, it’s simple for us to get caught in our methods, and we undoubtedly let free and be open-minded to attempt to enhance which is nice. That is what it takes to be a successful staff.

“It was a really shut qualifying and you may see all weekend that Ferrari had been clearly sand-bagging as a result of they knew that they had a fast automotive, but it surely took all the things from us to get this outcome and to get the 1-2 in qualifying is improbable for the staff.

“Everyone will be very, very happy and obviously it was very close as Valtteri has been driving exceptionally well, they should call him the flying Finn as he’s taken that well. We’ve got a lot of work to do for tomorrow as it is going to be a tough race but it is definitely a good way to start the weekend.”

But Hamilton admits his staff nonetheless would not have a full perceive why it struggles a lot with the tyres on the final three rounds.

“It is a continuing studying course of however these tyres they appear to have a small working window whether or not they give us extra rubber or much less rubber they look like quite a bit tougher than final 12 months regardless that they went softer. I believe that’s as a result of the working vary is way narrower than it was final 12 months so that you give it all the things on an out lap and you continue to do not have your tyres in the window they usually warmth the tyres up in the blankets.

“That’s why everybody struggles and I do not perceive why they labored in Australia however have not labored ever since and immediately we had them working. I used to be saying to Valtteri once we get to Monaco we’ll be driving round with chilly tyres as a result of it’s not simple to get temperatures up there.”

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