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Lewis Hamilton says Singapore Grand Prix pole position lap felt like ‘magic’

MARINA BAY, Singapore — Lewis Hamilton says his gorgeous qualifying lap which noticed him safe pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix felt like “magic” and that it was one he couldn’t fault.

Hamilton was given little probability of difficult Ferrari and even Red Bull across the Marina Bay circuit — a observe Mercedes has had its justifiable share of struggles at through the years — however the four-time world champion turned in a flawless lap in Q3 to disclaim Max Verstappen and title-rival Sebastian Vettel.

His time of 1:36.015 on the hyper-soft tyre was zero.319s faster than second-placed Verstappen and over half a second faster than Vettel’s greatest effort and Hamilton says it was a type of laps the place all the things labored completely.

“That lap felt like magic,” Hamilton stated after leaping out of the cockpit. “I actually do really feel like I received completely all the things doable in that first lap. It felt like among the best laps that I bear in mind feeling.

“It was nearly pulling all these bits that you simply discovered by means of observe and attempt to see in case you may put it into an ideal puzzle and 99.9 % of the time it does not go proper however that lap I did not have wheel spin, I did not have snap wherever, the automotive was simply beneath me and I managed to maximise just about each nook. I am unable to bear in mind one which I believed that I may do extra.”

Despite claiming his 79th profession pole position by a snug margin, it was removed from a clean session for Hamilton. In Q1 he was virtually eradicated after Mercedes despatched him and teammate Valtteri Bottas out on the ultra-soft compound.

Hamilton defined the reasoning behind the choice and admitted to feeling the nerves as time on the clock expired.

“We have been conscious that we got here right here with the improper tyre technique within the sense that others had extra hypers than us,” Hamilton said. “So already from observe we weren’t greatest ready and we undoubtedly misplaced some working as a result of you possibly can see there’s two or three seconds between the tyres.

“When we got into qualifying we had to start on the [ultra-soft] tyre in order to give ourselves hyper-softs in Q2 and Q3. We definitely didn’t expect to be at the pace we were but the delta between the tyres was even bigger once we got into qualifying and I couldn’t go quicker. Yeah, I was definitely a bit concerned.”

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