Lewis Hamilton
Aug 24

Hamilton Secures 4th Straight Pole At Belgian GP

(L to R) Mark Webber,  Lewis Hamilton and  Sebastian Vettel after qualifying session at the Spa-Francorchamps. (Photo: Getty Images)

(L to R) , and after qualifying session at the . (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton surprised even himself after beating both Red Bulls to secure his fourth consecutive pole position in a rain-soaked qualifying session at the on Saturday.

The driver is the first Briton since Damon Hill in 1995 to get four straight poles and has set himself up perfectly to keep the pressure on championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who starts Sunday’s race from second ahead of teammate Mark Webber.

“I dropped to five, six seconds back, so I didn’t know what was going on,” Hamilton said. “But I kept pushing … I feel so fortunate to get pole.”

He had expected worse.

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Aug 23

Hamilton Finds No Grip In Practice At Spa

Lewis Hamilton struggled in practice at Spa-Francorchamps. (Photo: Getty Images)

struggled in practice at . (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton had a difficult first day at Spa, finishing FP2 only 12th and some 1.420 seconds off pace-setter after struggling to find one-lap speed.

Hamilton, who came to Belgium on the back of his Hungarian GP win, said he lacked grip with the low downforce specification used at Spa.

“We have some work ahead of us this evening to get the car feeling just right, but overall today was a reasonable start to the weekend,” he said. “The car feels very different here with the low downforce setup, compared to at the last race, and we need to refine a few areas to get the balance sorted.

“We were able to get some good long-run work done today, and that’s the most important thing for the race. We’ve got time to make the changes required, so I’m optimistic that tomorrow will see an improvement.”

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Aug 22

Vettel Still Confident In Red Bull Potential

Sebastian Vettel participates in a press conference at Spa-Francorchamps. (Photo: Getty Images)

participates in a press conference at . (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel is confident that he can maintain his winning momentum into the second half of the season, but the German doesn’t underestimate the opposition.

“I think we had a great first part of the season,” he said. “Very good results, unfortunately one DNF, but all in all I think we can be very happy with the first half. Now entering the second half and looking at the calendar, I think it will be very busy for all of us, but I think we have the same reason to be confident as we had starting the season.

“I think we have a great car, a great team, a strong package, which hopefully is good enough to fight for victories in the next couple of races.”

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Aug 1

Hungarian GP: Team-By-Team Report

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 28, 2013 after the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.   AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINI        (Photo credit should read Tom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Hungarian GP proved to be an intriguing and unpredictable race, and given that the man himself said after qualifying that he was not looking forward to Sunday, not many people expected to stay in front for 70 laps. But he did just that and he did it in style, helped by some decisive passes that made sure that he was in clean air and not stuck behind cars that were out of sequence. , in contrast, did get stuck, and also damaged his front wing, and for once the German and his RBR team simply didn’t get it right. It was a great performance, too, from , who worked his way from sixth to second and made two stops work. Here’s how the weekend panned out among the 11 teams:

From the start of practice, Hungary looked like being a Red Bull weekend as the blue cars dominated Friday, but come qualifying Sebastian Vettel lost pole to Lewis Hamilton, and a KERS issue saw down in 10th after he didn’t do a flying lap in Q3. Vettel ran second in the first stint, but crucially after pitting he got caught behind late stopper Jensen Button. He also damaged his wing trying to get past. As the final pit stops played out, he dropped to third, and was unable to pass Raikkonen, despite having fresher tires. Webber started on the prime tire and led for a few laps before his late first stop. He eventually finished fourth.

and Felipe Massa were fourth and fifth, respectively, on Friday, and that translated into fifth and seventh come qualifying. Alonso got ahead of on the first lap but it was soon apparent that Ferrari was struggling badly for race pace, and he was never a contender for a podium. In fact, Alonso ultimately lost out to Mark Webber, and thus unusually finished in the same place he started, fifth. Massa made contact with Rosberg on the first lap and carried front-wing damage throughout. Struggling like his teammate for pace, he finished eighth.

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Jul 31

Wolff Impressed By Hamilton’s Performance

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motor sport chief Toto Wolff says that ’s winning drive in Hungary was ‘mind blowing’ – an opinion reflecting how the team was as surprised as anyone else that the Brit was able to score such an impressive victory on a day when tire problems had been anticipated.

“It was a fantastic drive,” Wolff told SPEED.com. “The team worked so hard from Friday onwards on the long runs, setting the car up for the long runs, and anticipating the heat. I guess this all came together.

“Lewis’ drive was for me mind blowing – down the inside, round the outside of people. Obviously, we were also lucky with the strategy when Jenson (Button) slipped in front of Vettel. But you have to take these days. A brilliant drive, a great car, brilliant work from the team, and this is the result.”

Wolff conceded that, like Hamilton himself, he had been pessimistic about prospects for the race.

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