Hamilton: Pole in Spain ‘a real blessing’

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Lewis Hamilton felt relieved to have bounced back from a tough run of form by claiming pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix in Saturday’s qualifying session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Hamilton took his first pole since the Bahrain Grand Prix at the beginning of April with a confident display in Q3, bouncing back from an error to beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by over two-tenths of a second.

Hamilton enters Sunday’s race 43 points behind Rosberg in the constructors’ championship after reliability issues cost him a chance to fight for the race win in China and Russia, with poor starts costing him in the opening two races.

Speaking after the session, Hamilton admitted that it was an important pole position to take before thanking the team.

“I’m very happy with getting the lap,” Hamilton said.

“Obviously Nico’s been very strong all weekend so it was crucial that bit by bit, one step at a time, I’ve really been trying to bring the pace together.

“But firstly I really want to say a big thank you to the team, all the guys back at the factory, for working so hard over the last two weeks to really try to rectify the issues that we’ve had.”

Hamilton noted that he has taken pole position in every session his car has allowed him to so far this season.

“This is three out of three for me so I’m pretty happy,” Hamilton said.

“Obviously I didn’t get to compete in the last two qualifying sessions so very, very happy with it, very grateful as well.

“The car was great, yesterday was a bit of a difficult day so to be able to start on the right foot today is a real blessing.

“Hopefully everything comes together. I’ve been working on the starts obviously past races and I know we’re in the best position to start from so try and get off on the right foot and tomorrow could be the day.”

The Spanish Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7am ET on Sunday.