Hamilton gets hard choices right to snatch Hungarian GP pole
PUBLISHED: 13:52 03 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 26 October 2009
FORMULA 1 hero Lewis Hamilton made the correct tyre choice to snatch pole position for today s Hungarian Grand Prix. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts was hoping to use the softer tyres in the final part of qualifying at the Hungaroring on S
FORMULA 1 hero Lewis Hamilton made the correct tyre choice to snatch pole position for today's Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts was hoping to use the softer tyres in the final part of qualifying at the Hungaroring on Saturday.
He had gone well in them during the final practice session in the morning.
However, soaring track temperatures at the tight and twisty circuit near Budapest caused a rethink by McLaren strategists, who opted for the harder tyres which were better suited to the hot conditions and a heavier fuel load.
Tewin superstar Hamilton said: "In P3 we were quickest on the softer tyre, the super soft.
"We had planned to use the softer tyre for Q3 but I think the track temperature was up from 37 degrees to 41 or something, so it was having a big effect on the tyres. Therefore it was the safer option to use the harder tyre.
"I think it is a stronger tyre to be able to use and it doesn't seem to grain as much as the softer tyre, so it worked out really well for me."
Despite claiming pole position ahead of his McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, Hamilton felt he could have gone even quicker around the track.
"I think there was a little bit of time lost in the second sector of my lap, but I was still very, very happy with it," said Hamilton.
"I have got a little bit of time to get still. The car was great. Sector one was really good, very strong, and I just got to turn four, the quick left, which was fine.
"But when I got back to turn five I locked up the right front wheel and it pushed me on a little bit, so I lost a little bit of time on the way in.
"It might be half-a-tenth, it might be tenth, but fortunately I was able to save it and finish the rest of the lap and the rest of the lap was very, very good.
"I think Heikki (Kovalainen) was quicker than me in the last sector, so he is pushing me hard, but that's good."
Hamilton is chasing his third grand prix victory in a row after winning last month's British and German races.