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.”