A bullish Lewis Hamilton vowed to take things ‘sensibly’ at the start of the Turkish GP after splitting the Red Bulls to qualify a superb second in Istanbul – and then ‘apply maximum pressure’.
After safely progressing through Q1 and Q2 in Turkey, Lewis impressively took the fight to Webber and Vettel, and although not quite able to pip the former, he took advantage of the latter’s braking woes to pinch second place. And now he wants to go one spot better again on race day.
“Tomorrow, I’m going to do everything I can to get a sensible start, get round the first corner and then challenge Mark, if I can,” said Hamilton.
“I’m on the dirtier side of the track, so that may make it a bit harder for me, and the Red Bulls still have a performance advantage over us, even if it doesn’t show from today’s times – but we’re going to catch them and then, hopefully, you’ll see Jenson and me up there, with the Red Bulls trying to split us.
“I really do believe we’re the best team out there and, once we make that next step, I’m sure we can move ahead of everyone – but until then, all we can do is to be as close as we can and apply maximum pressure, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing tomorrow.”