German GP: Lewis Hamilton overwhelmed to get pole after struggling
|By Jonathan Noble and Dan Cross||Saturday, July 6th 2013, 13:55 GMT|
Lewis Hamilton says he is overwhelmed to have taken pole position for the German Grand Prix given his unhappy build-up to qualifying.
The Brit secured his second pole of the season for Mercedes despite difficulties in finding an optimum set-up during practice, when he complained of oversteering.
He expressed his astonishment in emerging quickest and praised his team for making necessary changes.
"It is overwhelming because I have been struggling since the first practice session," he said.
"It got even worse this morning and we were about eight-tenths off.
"But we worked hard to analyse everything, made lots of changes and hoped it worked. Fortunately the car was beneath me and I could put in the times I did."
Hamilton also expressed his surprise at team-mate Nico Rosberg failing to make it through to Q3 after Mercedes miscalculated his last timed run in the session.
"It was a big surprise for all of us as Nico has been extremely quick all weekend, so we anticipated he would outqualify me today.
"He was only two-tenths off my pace, and obviously the track did ramp up so that was a surprise and caught us out a little bit."