Hamilton unaware of Mercedes’ overnight sensations
LEWIS HAMILTON admitted he was unaware his Mercedes team had worked through the night to deliver a car which carried him to a blistering pole position for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.
The 31-year-old defending champion grabbed the 58th pole of his career, edging out teammate Nico Rosberg who leads the title race by 33 points with four races remaining.
It was his first pole in five attempts at the Circuit of the Americas.
Hamilton, using a car with a new fuel injection system which was fitted overnight, said he had no idea about the repairs carried out by mechanics who worked until 4am to keep his title push on track.
“I just didn’t know anything about that,” said the Briton. “I have been focused on my job and working on my preparations.”
Despite his pole-setting heroics, Hamilton admitted it was only the first step towards success in his bid to keep his title defence alive when he battles against both Rosberg and the chasing Red Bull team in what promises to be a closely-fought race on Sunday.
“I feel amazing. It is just such a great feeling – my first pole here after many years of trying. A lot of great people have tried to get me there and now I’ve done it.” – AFP Leading scores from the final round of the CIMB Classic: 265: Justin Thomas (US) 64-66-71-64; 268: Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) 69-64-69-66; 269: Derek Fathauer (US) 64-70-68-67, Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 66-66-65-72; 271: Marc Leishman (Aus) 69-65-71-66; 272: Keegan Bradley (US) 64-72-68-68; 273: Scott Hend (Aus) 74-6963-67, Tyrone Van Aswegen (RSA) 69-7066-68; 274: James Hahn (US) 69-64-69-72; 275: Kim Si-Woo (Kor) 70-66-73-66, Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 67-71-69-68, Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP) 69-67-69-70, Adam Scott (Aus) 70-69-66-70, Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 69-68-6870, Scott Piercy (US) 68-68-67-72, Russell Knox (Sco) 70-63-68-74; 276: Ian Poulter (Eng) 71-69-69-67, Ryan Moore (US) 71-6570-70, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 67-72-67-70, Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 74-65-66-71.
Justin Thomas reacts after playing a tee shot during the third round of 2016 CIMB Classic tournament in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.