(Sporting Alert) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has once again grab pole position ahead of Sunday’s Belgian Grand 2013 Formula One Prix .
BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
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The Britain No. 1 who was claiming his fourth pole position this season, but was more surprised than many to pip his rivals for the starting top spot.
Hamilton beat out Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at the last second and the 28-year-old was delighted to be the one to do so.
“It’s absolutely fantastic, a great feeling. I feel very privileged to have a car to be able to do that,” said Hamilton.
“It’s cool to have done something similar to one of the greats, and who would have thought? The year just seems to be getting better and better.
“It’s a shame you can’t hear what I was saying when I did my in-lap as I tried to keep my cool, but I couldn’t.
“It’s just amazing to think we’ve come here with a car where we know we can be competitive, and for whatever reason I was able to put it out there.
“We’re going to try and work as hard as we can to beat both the Red Bulls. It’s not impossible. We just have to get our strategy right.”
After winning the last race before the summer break in Hungary, Hamilton goes in search of his second successive victory for the first time in three years.
“I was so surprised when I crossed the line.
“When I started the lap I saw I was about seventh or eighth, and I thought ‘Oh my God’, especially as it was raining more.
“I then went wide in turn one and the dash display told me I was three seconds down, then five seconds and six seconds.
“I didn’t understand what was happening in the lap, but I just kept pushing. I could see I was catching Sebastian towards the end.
“I feel so fortunate to be up here. What a blessing.
“I just feel grateful for the way the year has turned out and we can be so competitive and really try to challenge the Red Bulls. It’s a huge accomplishment by the team.”
Hamilton and Mercedes (208) trail leaders Red Bulls (277) by 69 points in the team race, but he still has hope of catching the leaders.
“We’re going to work as hard as we can to beat both Red Bulls [in the race],” he said. “It’s not impossible; we’ve just got to get our strategy right.”