Hamilton hails further improvement on Mercedes car after capturing pole in Hungary

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Lewis Hamilton gave thanks to his Mercedes team after claiming pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday, hailing the progress that has been made with the W06 Hybrid car.

Hamilton arrived in Hungary as the Formula 1 championship leader, but produced one of his most impressive displays of the season in qualifying to secure his fifth consecutive pole position.

The Briton said after the session that he could feel the improvements that had been made with the Mercedes car, and thanked the team for its work.

“It’s been a good weekend so far, yes,” Hamilton said, having also finished quickest in all three practice sessions.

“I think coming here, I’ve always had generally really good experiences. Loving the weather, loving the city, one of my favourite cities. I love the track. It feels a bit like an old go-karting circuit that we used to race on years ago. when we had super special soft tyres, super grippy. With the temperatures it gives us a lot of grip here.

“But me and Nico wouldn’t be up here if it wasn’t for this team. They’ve done an exceptional job all year long, but just to improve coming into this weekend, I can definitely feel it so big thanks to them.”

Hamilton refused to get ahead of himself despite finishing half a second clear of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in qualifying, but said that he is feeling very comfortable in Hungary.

“The work is not always done on a Saturday, we’ve got lots of work to do tomorrow,” Hamilton said. “In terms of how the weekend’s gone I’m incredibly happy with that.

“I think it’s so far probably been one of the best. I can’t remember having the performance I’ve had this weekend on any weekend, so really happy with that.

“There’s a long way down to turn one and the race is incredibly tough physically but also technically for the car, but I feel confident in my team and in my car, and I hope we can convert it tomorrow.”

The Hungarian Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.