Hamilton rediscovers mojo and pole in Spain

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Hamilton rediscovers mojo and pole in Spain
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after taking pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Published: Sat 14 May 2016, 10:47 PM

Last updated: Sun 15 May 2016, 12:50 AM

Lewis Hamilton rediscovered his mojo and his smile on Saturday when he roared to pole position for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
The defending world champion, who is without a victory in seven races since clinching his third title in Texas last October, grabbed the prime starting spot with a thrilling demonstration of stunning speed in warm sunshine at the Circuit de Catalunya. It was his third pole this year, his second in Spain and the 52nd of his career, a statistic that meant less to him than the knowledge that he had overcome a variety of setbacks to regain his once-routine supremacy over a single lap.
 "I am very, very happy with that and with those laps," said Hamilton. "Nico has been really strong here all weekend so, bit by bit, I have been trying to put the pace together.
 "I really want to thank the guys back at the factory who have been working so hard to try and rectify the problems that we've had over the last few weeks."
 He insisted it was "three out of three" for him after he was unable to compete in final qualifying for the Chinese and Russian Grands Prix due to technical problems.
 "This is now three out of three for me so, obviously, I am delighted. We had a problem on the car yesterday and this is a great response."
 Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel was left perplexed by Ferrari's loss of performance on Saturday when they slipped back to the third row of the grid for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix. Ferrari had looked likely to mount a bid for the front row after strong showings in free practice, but that pace appeared to evaporate in qualifying.
 "We're disappointed as a team today because we didn't deliver what we can," said four-time world champion Vettel.

By Agencies

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