Lewis Hamilton has established himself as the master of the fightback across the course of the 2014 F1 season, and this was clear once again during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix today as he made up for a mistake on his final Q3 lap to secure his sixth pole position of the season.
The British driver locked up heading into the first corner at Marina Bay on Saturday night, costing him time, but he still managed to pull out a lap that gave him pole position by just 0.007 seconds over his teammate and championship rival, Nico Rosberg.
Speaking in the post-session press conference, Hamilton admitted that he thought he had lost pole after making the mistake, but as the lap continued, he found more and more time to eventually overhaul Rosberg at the top of the timesheets.
“Quite an exciting qualifying session, I guess I wasn’t really expecting to see so much difference in how close everyone was,” Hamilton said. “We did some good laps in the first and second qualifying sessions, and saw the Ferraris very, very close, and then obviously to end up they way it did is good for our team.
“On my last lap, I locked up into turn one and lost a bit of time, but still managed to pull it back later on in the lap. At that point, I honestly thought that perhaps its over because I lost over a tenth and a half, but I just kept going and it got better and better throughout the lap.
“A great effort by the team to obviously come here at a very much downforce and engine dependent circuit, to have the performance we have, I think it’s a fantastic job by the team.”
When asked about tomorrow’s race, Hamilton said that he thinks tire degradation will be the most important factor, with three pit stops expected to be the norm across the course of Singapore Grand Prix.
“I think coming into the weekend, we had an opinion on how the tires would behave, and obviously when we got into the long runs yesterday, we saw quite a big difference from what we thought was going to happen, so I think tomorrow is going to be an interesting race,” he said.
“Looking after these tires is not easy, but I really think it will be a great race to watch for the fans. I think there’s going to be a lot going on.”
You can watch the Singapore Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET tomorrow morning.