Hamil­ton un­aware of Mercedes’ overnight sen­sa­tions

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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.

– AFPPIX

Justin Thomas re­acts af­ter play­ing a tee shot dur­ing the third round of 2016 CIMB Clas­sic tour­na­ment in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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