Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying: Hamilton on POLE in Mercedes front row

Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying: Hamilton on POLE in Mercedes front row

"In the end it's hard to say that it was enjoyable because our auto balance was very bad and it was very hard to drive, so it was hard to enjoy", Kubica said.

'I have always tried to hear what the drivers are saying.

Drivers are getting exhausted of having no voice in Formula One.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after taking pole on Saturday.

Vettel, meanwhile, four points behind Hamilton in the drivers' standings, said: "We will try to put on a lot of pressure". "I mean, we are drivers".

"Not to say that we know everything, we don't anything about engineering the auto, but we know how the cars feel, how to drive the cars, and their limitations to overtake". And their limitations to overtake.

Vettel agrees that slowing down the cars for 2019 is plain wrong. It was straightforward in qualifying and then in Q3 during my first run I locked up a little bit in Turn 1, so my first sector was already slow.

"All the drivers" feedback was "Thank you very much, spectacular, that's what we like'".

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"I don't know, it's a bit like cruising to America and changing direction 100 times".

"It is a constant learning process but these tires they seem to have a small working window whether they give us more rubber or less rubber they appear to be a lot harder than a year ago even though they went softer".

"I needed this pole, I've not had one for a while".

"I do respect (the drivers) and know how busy they can be". "Unfortunately very often there is a meeting and they don't come to the meeting". "I don't think if that's a particularly.it's not going to make any difference if you make it. if you make us three seconds slower or a second and a half slower, it's not going to make the racing any better and we just want to go faster, we want to improve technology, we want to push the boundaries and the limits".

"Is it the same people making the decisions every time, the same group, making the decision every time the rules go. not necessarily the best?" said Hamilton.

Hamilton has also been critical of the early design for a new street circuit in Miami. Any driver who wants to see me will be able to within 48 hours. I think the last run in Q3 was fine, there were no mistakes, so there was not much left. "We shouldn't have to ask, 'Can you involve us?' We should be involved because we are the ones driving". Even if the start doesn't go in our favor, I think we always have a strong vehicle to keep fighting.

Hamilton's fourth pole in Spain - his third straight - confirms that his Mercedes vehicle is a strong package when it can put the tyres in the right operating window, but the Briton said he was taking nothing for granted with the chasing pack behind him.

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