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Lewis Hamilton reacts to Sebastian Vettel Azerbaijan Grand Prix pole position

29 April, 2018, 01:53 | Author: Delia Walker

And while Vettel was delighted to have hung for his 53rd career pole, he also admitted there was plenty more work to do on a street circuit which rarely throws up an uneventful race. In Bahrain, he crashed in qualifying and collided with Hamilton in the race before retiring - and in China he slid off in a misjudged attempt to pass Hamilton before crashing into Vettel.

"It will be an intense race, safety cars are very likely".

Kimi Raikkonen was second quickest in the afternoon for Ferrari, though his team-mate and championship leader Vettel struggled to find the sweet spot. I know what we are doing, sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. obviously today we had good speed but it didn't really work out.

"I struggled a little bit for confidence and trust in the auto which is important around here but when it clicks it keeps coming so it was really enjoyable".

The German, who leads Hamilton by nine points in the world championship, had not hooked his auto up until Saturday practice but eventually found his groove and is clearly confident in his machinery.

Lewis Hamilton made a late charge but failed to better his title rival's time, leaving Vettel in a familiar position at the top of the timesheet.

Ecclestone, who was removed from power at the start of 2017, says he has noticed a change in Hamilton's demeanour in recent months.

"They were the quickest all weekend and they've obviously got a phenomenal vehicle this year".

"I don't know, it just got sideways, I got it back but I knew already it was all gone because it's flat out and a long straight [to complete the lap]". "We hope once we get on top of the tyre situation we will be back in the mix again". "I will try to give Sebastian a hard time tomorrow".

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas will start third, followed by the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

Kimi Raikkonen cut a frustrated figure after seeing another opportunity to claim pole position slip through his fingers in qualifying for the Azerbaijan GP on Saturday.

Force India's Sergio Perez continued his team's improvement with the sixth fastest lap, with Kevin Magnussen seventh for Haas and Canadian Lance Stroll, third in Baku past year, lapping eighth quickest.

Force India's Esteban Ocon was the best of the rest in 7th ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez and the 2 Renaults of Hulkenberg and Sainz.

Canadian Lance Stroll, third in Baku a year ago, will start 10th for Williams - the only team yet to score a point this season.

There was also a near disaster for Toro Rosso, with Gasly showing cat-like reactions to avoid team-mate Hartley during Q1.

"That is unacceptable", exclaimed the startled Frenchman over the team radio.

"I'm OK. Sorry for that", said the rookie.

"Do I feel the need for the win?"

Romain Grosjean's Haas had a gearbox problem and went out in Q3 without setting a time.


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