Hamilton: 90th pole position is “humbling”

Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has said that his 90th pole position is “humbling” after he went fastest in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton set a time of 1m13.447s on Saturday to beat his team-mate, Valterri Bottas by a tenth of a second to secure his 90th Formula 1 career pole position.

The six-time champion scored his second pole position in as many weeks and looks in imperious form at this stage of the season, with the first non-Mercedes car ninth tenths slower than the pole time set by Hamilton.

Speaking after qualifying on Saturday, Hamilton said that his car was “really hooked up” and that securing his 90th pole position is a humbling experience.

“The car was really hooked up today, but Valtteri didn’t make it easy for me at all!” he said.

“It requires absolute perfection when it comes to these laps and that kind of Qualifying is one of the things I enjoy the most.

“The fact that it’s my 90th pole position… I have to pinch myself; it just doesn’t register.

“It’s humbling to be honest, because I get to work with such an incredible group of people and without them, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to do this.

“A massive thank you to everyone back home and here at the track that do such an amazing job.”

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Bottas was Hamilton’s only challenger for pole position on Saturday, missing out by a tenth of a second, but the Finn admitted he didn’t have any more laptime in his car, and that his focus will now turn to out-dragging Lewis down to Turn 1 on Sunday.

“We were on a really strong level again today, which is good for us.” commented Bottas.

“I knew from FP3 that it was going to be a close battle with Lewis in Qualifying, my laps were okay but the final lap in Q3 was actually really good, but I just couldn’t go much faster.

“Lewis did a great job to get the pole today and it’s going to be a bit of a drag race into Turn 1 between us tomorrow, so I look forward to that – the first lap will definitely be interesting.

“I’m the Championship leader at the moment, but I need to win races to maintain that, so that’s the only goal I have tomorrow and I’m fully focused on making it happen.”