Lewis Hamilton Explains His Offbeat Radio Exchange After Clinching Imola F1 Pole

Published 04/17/2021, 12:25 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Lewis Hamilton is aging like a fine wine. The Briton put in yet another masterclass today at qualifying in Imola after his against-all-odds victory in Bahrain. After taking pole position, he had a hearty exchange over the team radio. And he’s explained the reason why.

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Red Bull were the favorites going into the qualifying session. However, Hamilton managed to usurp both the Red Bull drivers and took a relatively unexpected pole position.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Race winner Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference with second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

So, when he completed his final lap and his race engineer, Peter Bonnington, informed him of this, he was pleasantly surprised with his own performance. Especially considering his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, qualified all the way back in the eighth position.

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“Honestly, we haven’t hyped it up too much. The fact is, you saw it in the last race, that there was a good gap to the Red Bulls. We did feel that we can close it up a little bit, coming into this weekend,” said Hamilton in the post-qualifying press conference.

“But, that was a really clean qualifying session. I guess, time and time again, be tweaking and adjusting in terms of my own performance. I am really grateful that I am making steps in the right direction.”

“It was a real surprise – no one in the team expected to be on pole today,” claimed Hamilton.

But Lewis Hamilton may be in for trouble tomorrow

However, going into the race tomorrow, he may need to cut the celebrations and get back to the drawing board. Red Bull brought Perez into the team to form a tandem to attack Mercedes. With Bottas all the way back, the Austrian outfit can play around with their strategies to pressure Hamilton.

Team Principal Toto Wolff also admitted to the difficulties that they were going to face on Sunday –

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“The soft tyre is much better from the start. Perez is also handling the tyres well, although he will still have to change sooner. But it’s always bad to be between two opponents with one car, especially if they have a different strategy, that makes it extra difficult for tomorrow.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Well, we have seen Hamilton defy the odds time and time again. He has to bring together all his might tomorrow to fend off the challenge from Red Bull.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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