Lewis Hamilton says the boos and jeers he received from the grandstands after claiming pole position for the Hungarian Gand Prix only “fuel me”.
Hamilton recorded his first pole since the Spanish Grand Prix back in May on Saturday at the Hungaroring, fronting a Mercedes front row lock-out ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
The seven-time world champion’s first lap in Q3 proved unmatched, with Bottas three-tenths adrift at the end of the session, while championship rival Max Verstappen could only set the third-fastest time.
“I think it has been amazing teamwork from everyone this weekend, Valtteri included, just trying to push the car forwards, developing constantly,” Hamilton said after his 101st career pole position.
“The guys back at the factory just not left any stone unturned. So, it’s been amazing to see everyone coming together and rallying up and pushing forward so, and I appreciate the great support I have here.”
Prior to the final runs in Q3, Hamilton was shown backing up Verstappen on his out-lap, leaving the Red Bull driver crossing the line just seconds before the chequered flag was shown.
Following his pole lap, Hamilton returned to the grid for the post-session interviews and was met with boos from the crowd once he’d climbed out of his car.
The boos continued in parc ferme, with Hamilton giving an opportune response in his interview.
“Honestly I’ve never actually felt so great with the booing,” he said. “If anything, it just fuels me, so I don’t really mind it.”
Hamilton heads into Sunday’s race running a different strategy to Verstappen, starting on the mediums compared to Red Bull’s choice of softs, as well as chasing a 100th Grand Prix victory.
“I think the soft tyre is worth something like five metres down into down one, it’s a long way down into Turn 1,” Hamilton said.
“So yeah, it was surprising to see the guys behind us, most people, I think everyone in the top 10, on the soft except for us. We will see.
“It’s definitely great having a lock-out for our team. It’s the first time in a long time so big, big thank you to everyone back to the factory and.
“I hope the weather is good for everyone tomorrow, enjoy the sun and stay safe.”