The FI pendulum swings again
Just two weeks after Sebastian Vettel delivered a huge embarrassment to Mercedes’ star, Lewis Hamilton, he clawed back with a mind-blowing performance in Montreal. “44” Hamilton humiliated the other racers in the qualifiers and matched the great Arrton Senna.
In pole positions now are Senna and Hamilton are 2nd and just 3 poles behind the glorious Michael Schumacher.
It would be unbelievable if Lewis Hamilton can deliver the 68th pole at Silverstone. He did what no driver has ever done, he set a time of about 1:11:362 and no one has ever got under 1:12 before in Montreal- until last weekend.
On a track on where he has always excelled, Hamilton was untouchable. “I was definitely on my best this weekend,” Lewis quoted. Even better news for Mercedes – they got a 1 2 finish with Hamilton first and Bottas 2nd also both of the Ferraris were out of harm’s way since one of the Force India’s broke Vettel’s front part, so he had to go in the pit to get it fixed.
The win was founded on what Mercedes F1 team boss described as a “stellar” qualifying lap.
Hamilton, teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonnen had looked closely matched until the last minute of qualifying when he produced 0:0:322 less than his world record attempt.
Vettel got close to within 0.007 seconds of it, only for Hamilton to move the goalposts again and take pole by 0.33 seconds.
On a glorious day for Mercedes fans, Lewis was presented with a replica Senna helmet by the late Brazilian’s family – a gift for matching his achievements – and was told he would be receiving a genuine one at a later day. It was an appropriately Senna-esque performance.
Charlie F, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy