Hamilton pleased with ‘sexy laps’ en route to Australia pole

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Lewis Hamilton made no secret of his happiness after storming to the 50th pole position of his Formula 1 career with a dominant display in qualifying for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

In a session that saw the new qualifying format debut and meet widespread criticism, Hamilton managed to keep his head and produce a stunning final lap in Q3 to edge out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to pole.

Hamilton in fact posted two laps that would have been good enough for P1, and called his efforts “sexy” when speaking in the post-qualifying press conference.

“I’m really happy to take my hat off to this team, what they have done to raise the bar once more in our third year. It inspires me, it motivates me,” Hamilton said.

“I really enjoyed driving the car in qualifying, we got the set up right, they were some sexy laps, they felt so good, just flowing, no real mistakes and that is really all you can hope for as a driver. I’m really happy.

“There may be a bit more pressure on us as a team in the way we operated, but generally, we just did it as normal. What I mean by sexy laps, the car felt good; it was just a beautiful rhythm. I felt like James Brown at the end of the lap.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.