Vettel takes fastest time headed into British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton

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"I gave it everything I could, it was so close with the Ferraris", said Hamilton, whose comeback after being behind Vettel set off celebrations among fans. "It's a real privilege for me and I was just watching some of the replays of past year and if you look at the end when it shows you all of the positions and obviously to see the Union Jack up there is always a great feeling".

Not just that, Williams woes will be even worse due to the British summer heat, with Claire saying: "We'll have to open up the bodywork even more, which means even less downforce".

"We're (England) fighting for the World Cup so it's just a great time I think for sport".

The team's double-retirement masked the gains made from back-to-back upgrades for the engine and aerodynamics respectively, which have helped it secure pole for the last two races. "Red Bull seems a bit off, but you never know - they can be strong on Sundays!"

Hamilton, who is chasing a fifth successive home win, saw his lead in the Drivers Championship vanish in Austria last weekend after a series of mishaps. For tomorrow, I think the night will help so I'm not anxious. I set two laps that were identical, half a tenth you can always argue you can find time somewhere, I think he was just a little better on the final runs.

Hamilton edged out main championship rival Sebastian Vettel with a stunning lap at the end of Q3 to score his sixth pole position at Silverstone. "I am so grateful for the support and without you I wouldn't have been able to do it". But for those involved, it makes the mental fatigue that little bit heavier.

"It's going to be a really hot, long race", he said. We try to be proactive but it's great to be able to be reactive as well and we have been making a lot of improvements to the vehicle as well - my feeling for the auto, the understanding that just naturally grows for a driver throughout the year and for a team you grow more aware of the tires and the strengths and weaknesses of the package you have. "We had to call it a bit earlier this morning [in practice] than I wanted and it was fine in qualifying".

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