Lewis Hamilton had to “dig deeper than ever” to clinch pole position – the 85th of his career – at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas was initially on provisional pole around the streets of Monte Carlo, but he was pipped to the post by 0.086 seconds as Hamilton held his nerve on his final hot lap of the session.
It set up yet another Mercedes 1-2 as their dominant start to the 2019 season continues and Hamilton was absolutely delighted to clinch top spot at a track where qualifying is so, so important given how difficult it is to overtake.
“Big thank you to the crowd, this is the race every driver dreams of when you are a child, you put absolutely everything you have got into it,” Hamilton said in the on-track interviews.
“All the guys in the factory have put in everything. Valtteri has been quick all weekend. To get this, it means so much, I had to dig deeper than ever. The lap was beautiful, I feel amazing and super grateful.
What does this pole mean… ?
Everything! ✊ @LewisHamilton pic.twitter.com/rv5fXMqoxk
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) May 25, 2019
“We have a great package and all drivers, whether their car is fast or slow, you take it to its limit, it’s like wrestling a bull. The lap was hard, I had a moment at Rascasse but just managed to pull it off.”
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