View Full Version : Lewis Hamilton blasts to pole at Korean Grand Prix

15th October 2011, 07:32 AM
Lewis Hamilton knocked Red Bull off pole position for the first time this season with a brilliant lap in Korea.

McLaren's 2008 champion edged out Red Bull's double world champion Sebastian Vettel by 0.222 seconds.

Jenson Button lines up third for McLaren alongside Mark Webber's Red Bull with the Ferraris fifth and sixth.

Hamilton ends a pole drought of 16 months

It is Hamilton's first pole since last year's Canadian Grand Prix and will be a tonic to Hamilton, who wants to end a run of poor form.

McLaren told Hamilton over the pit-to-car radio: "Great news, you are on pole, great job."

But it appeared to be an emotional moment for Hamilton, who did not respond.

He has said this weekend that it would take some time to put a difficult season behind him.

But asked for his response to taking his first pole for 16 months, he said: "I'm very happy. I'm very proud of what the team has achieved over the last two races.

"It's one of the first positives I've had for a while. To be back on pole is a great feeling. I've had some difficult races in the past and we'll try and redeem ourselves (in the race) tomorrow."

Hamilton had stretched clear of his rivals from the first phase of qualifying and sealed his 19th career pole with a lap of one minute 35.820 seconds.

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard commented: "This is a man who has rediscovered his mojo. Anyone who doubted him, check that lap out."

SOURCE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/15319152.stm