Lewis Hamilton dominated the wet conditions to see off Max Verstappen and take pole position for the Styrian Grand Prix on Saturday. But will the magic continue on the Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix RACE DAY ?
Even before Saturday’s rain-hit delayed qualifying session, the six-time world champion had long staked his claim as one of the sport’s finest to ever race in the wet — and yesterday he delivered an absolute masterclass.
F1 Styrian GP Live : Hamilton weaved magic on Saturday in Qualifying
Hamilton finished a staggering 1.2 seconds faster than Verstappen, with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz third. Valtteri Bottas, in the same machinery as Hamilton, was 1.5 sec behind his team-mate in fourth.
Throughout his career, Hamilton has generally excelled in wet conditions. His victory at the 2008 British Grand Prix, in which he finished a minute clear of the field and was at times lapping five seconds faster than anyone else, has gone down in the annals as one of the greatest drives in history.
He said he had reached similar levels at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday, when he was 1.216 seconds faster than anyone else in the wettest conditions a qualifying session has been allowed to run in for some time.
“It was a fantastic lap, the last one,” said Hamilton, his face covered in the post-qualifying news conference as required by F1 coronavirus protocols. “The lap I had before was good enough but that last lap was as close to perfect as I could get in those conditions. And considering it was raining more, it makes me even happier knowing I went a little bit quicker.
“It definitely takes me back to times like Silverstone 2008. When you are really at one with the car. The conditions are shifting. It’s a massive challenge. I am smiling under this mask – so, yeah, super-happy.”
It’s on days like this, when rain creates tricky driving conditions, that the great drivers come to the fore – and as if we needed further reminding, Hamilton showed us why he is arguably the greatest driver in Formula 1 history with a scintillating lap at the Red Bull Ring to beat the heir to his throne Max Verstappen to pole by a staggering 1.2s for the Styrian Grand Prix.
Formula 1 Qualifying Results & Grid Positions for the RACE DAY Live Tonite @ 6.30 PM
|1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes||1:19.273|
|2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing||1:20.489|
|3 Carlos Sainz McLaren||1:20.671|
|4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes||1:20.701|
|5 Esteban Ocon Renault||1:20.922|