Lewis Hamilton warned he’s ready for whatever the elements throw at him after qualifying more than a second faster than his closest rival to take pole at the Styrian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver returns to the front row of the grid after a penalty at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix saw him demoted down to fifth.
“The weather’s obviously incredibly difficult out there for all of us and, a lot of the time, you can’t even see where you’re going. I had one big moment – I think, the lap before the last – a big aquaplane, where I definitely had my heart in my mouth.
“I improved on the next lap, nice and clean. I love these days. You remember when we used to race back [the junior days]. It was like this but, obviously, 100 times worse when you’re in a Formula 1 car.”
Mercedes quickly got to the bottom of what disrupted Hamilton in FP3 and he’s confident his W11 can shine in the sun on Sunday.
“Yesterday was a difficult day, it started off well in P1 but then P2 was a big issue for us,” Hamilton said. “But we’ve discovered [the problem] overnight and [it’s] nothing major.