Lewis Hamilton was pleased to find some rhythm with the Mercedes W06 Hybrid car in his charge to pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday.
Hamilton admitted on Friday evening that he had work to do overnight after lagging behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the first two practice sessions of the race weekend.
However, the Briton managed to bounce back on Saturday by topping the final practice session in the morning, comfortably finishing ahead of Rosberg.
Hamilton carried this form over into qualifying, with his fastest lap of 1:47.197 being enough to give him a tenth pole position of the season.
“Yeah I’m really happy today with the performance of the car and so far this weekend the performance of the team,” Hamilton said.
“They’ve been doing a fantastic job and the car has been feeling great on this circuit. This is a circuit where if you can get the right balance it’s definitely one of the most fun to drive.
“Of course, very conscious that pole position is a great thing to have, but the race is a long race and it’s a long stretch down to turn five. So I’m just happy with today.
“My goal today was to get pole position. Qualifying, Nico was very close, and my last two laps were the two best laps I had all weekend, so I’m very, very happy with them and just really grateful for the big effort and the big push the team continues to give us the car that we have.”
The result sees Hamilton clinch the second annual FIA Pole Trophy, which is awarded to the season’s best qualifier. With eight qualifying sessions remaining, no driver can match the Briton’s total of ten.
By claiming his sixth pole position of the season, Hamilton has also recorded the longest pole streak in F1 since Michael Schumacher took seven in a row in 2000 and 2001.
The Belgian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.