Lewis Hamilton: NASCAR-style Safety Car was unnecessary

Lewis Hamilton

Bottas, Raikkonen, Red Bull-Renault's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo occupied the top six positions on the starting grid, confirming Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull Racing's position as the three premier teams in F1 at the moment. "I knew we had been given a bit of an opportunity and it was good to capitalise on that with Valtteri on the re-start", said Ricciardo. However, Sky Sports notes that there's very likely a performance-related clause in Vettel's contract that would allow him to leave if the auto doesn't perform to Vettel's liking. His time of 1:46.577 minutes is a new record for #Spa.

"To think I have equalled him on poles is very surreal and very much a humbling experience, particularly knowing that Michael is such a legend.I feel very proud to be up there with him".

At one point Alonso told his race engineer Mark Temple that he did not want any more messages.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after claiming pole position on Saturday.

"I can't believe it". "In Abu Dhabi, just before he left, I plucked up the courage to ask him if he would swap helmets with me and he was welcoming and did so". I am up there and wanting to go on to even more wins. I am still young at heart and as eager as ever to be a victor.

Mercedes will take a race-by-race approach to the issue of team orders for the remaining nine grands prix of 2017. "Not only for me but for a great team who give me a ideal back up".

Vettel is seen as Ferrari's clear number one, following in the footsteps of seven-times champion compatriot Michael Schumacher. He hasn't held the outright lead in the championship so far this season.

"He did a great race, he was very, very consistent throughout. Sebastian put on a great fight, but this is what I said I was coming to do and so I did it", Hamilton said.

Immediately after the race he suggested the safety vehicle deployment had been a bit "like NASCAR where they keep pulling out the safety cars for no reason".

Regarding Ferrari's battle with Mercedes, Vettel has talked up his outfit's chances - as he suggested that his auto has again looked stronger on race runs than over one lap.

Crucially for Ferrari, Vettel and Raikkonen ran just 13 and 11 laps throughout qualifying, respectively, as opposed to the 18 and 19 laps that Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas ran in their effort to blitz the field. I did not really find the rhythm, especially on the short run.

Speaking about his new record, Hamilton said, "It's a special day". But I'll be going for it.

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