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Hamilton: There was a little time left on the table

Hamilton: There was a little time left on the table

Hamilton: There was a little time left on the table

Lewis Hamilton had to settle for second on the grid for the 2024 British Grand Prix, after teammate George Russell took pole, and lamenting leaving some time on the table.

Hamilton was less than two tenths behind Russell after their final efforts in Q3, so he must be really ruing missing out a a chance of putting some balance into the qualifying head-to-head which is now in Russell’s favor 10 to 2.

But the big prize on is the grand prix and Silverstone has always been a happy hunting ground for Hamilton who has won there eight times, a record he holds, so will win #9 be achievable on Sunday.

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Speaking in Mercedes’ post qualifying report, Hamilton said: “Having three Brits at the front of the grid for the British Grand Prix is incredible.

“A huge congratulations to George, he did such a great job to take pole position. We didn’t expect to be on the front-row this weekend. This result is therefore huge for us as a team. The car felt fantastic out there and everyone at Brackley and Brixworth deserves this.

“It was all about getting the tyre temperatures in the right place today and then sealing the deal with a good lap,” the seven-time Formula 1 Champion pointed out. “I think there was a little time left on the table which George managed to extract. I feel confident in the car for tomorrow’s race.

“With both myself and George on the front-row, we have an advantage in trying to keep Lando [Norris] behind. Let’s see what we can do,” Hamilton concluded.

Mercedes were hoping for rain after doing well in FP3

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted the team were not confident that pole position was a possible for them, he told Sky Sports F1: “It sounds incredible.

“You mention the GP winner from Austria and now we have a front-row lockout. Who would have thought that a few months ago?

“Not so,” he responded when asked if he was confident coming into qualifying. “Maybe also we are thinking about karma. You don’t want to get ahead of yourself just because you’re doing these first good steps, and the same as well for tomorrow.

“We were hoping for wet when we went so well in FP3 but also now, that was really positive to see,” the Austrian revealed. “I think the weather helps. It’s British weather and we want to keep that for the rest of the summer wherever we go.

“At the end here, I’m happy that we were able to do it honestly and on merit, but we mustn’t praise the day before the evening,” Wolff concluded.