Hamilton elated to do home fans proud with Silverstone pole

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Lewis Hamilton felt glad to have done the home fans at Silverstone proud by bouncing back from a track limits scare to score pole position for the British Grand Prix.

A three-time winner at Silverstone, Hamilton looked set to capture pole position after posting a new qualifying lap record for the current track layout at the start of Q3.

However, Hamilton’s time was deleted after he was found to have exceeded track limits at Copse, handing Rosberg the advantage.

“The penultimate lap was a very good lap. Unfortunately it was taken away,” Hamilton said.

“I touched the kerb and it just pulled me further. I didn’t feel like I was going to be be running wide, but the car bottomed kind of bounced just outside the line.”

Hamilton was left with one all-or-nothing lap to beat Rosberg, during which he duly went three-tenths of a second faster than the German to secure pole for the British Grand Prix.

“A lot of pressure for that final lap. I was sitting in the garage knowing i couldn’t let the guys down because on the first lap I had,” Hamilton said.

“The second lap wasn’t as good, but I was making sure I was cautious, making sure I got the lap in.

“I’m grateful that I did and really again thank you also to all my team who have done an amazing job to have the performance we have this weekend. It’s outstanding.”

Hamilton paid tribute to the fans that had turned out in droves to cheer him on in qualifying.

“I want to say how amazing and grateful I am for all the fans that are here this weekend,” Hamilton said.

“From Thursday until today, just the biggest crowd that I think I’ve ever seen. The energy and the wave that they send is just mesmirising, so a big thank you to everyone that is out there and for the positive energy.”

Following the clash between Hamilton and Rosberg on the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix, Mercedes issued a new ‘rules of engagement’ with both drivers earlier this week to prevent a repeat.

With the Silver Arrows locking out the front row, Hamilton was asked whether Mercedes had cleared up any confusion regarding the inevitable battle at the start of the race.

“Yeah, I didn’t think there was anything that needed to be cleared up anyway,” Hamilton said.

“We’ll just get on with out job. There’s a lot way to go. I will try not to be in that position again.

“I can’t speak for him, but I’m sure Nico will do the same.”

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and the NBC Sports App from 7:30am ET on Sunday.

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”