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Hamilton: The work starts now

Saturday 28th July 2012

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Hamilton: The work starts now

Hamilton: The work starts now

Lewis Hamilton may have dominated qualifying, however, the pole-sitter admits he has a few concern about his rivals' race-pace ahead of the Hungarian GP.

Hamilton was the man to beat throughout qualifying on Saturday afternoon, leading the way in all three segments to finish up with a 1:20.953. That put him comfortably in pole position as the Friday pace-setter was 0.413s up on Romain Grosjean.

"It's been a really positive weekend so far," he said.

"The guys have done an incredible job this weekend as always preparing the car and to finally see the upgrades working this weekend - I've been able to put the car in places that I previously wasn't able to do.

"Generally every lap has been quite good throughout practice and now qualifying, apart from the first run in Q3."

Hamilton, though, faces a mammoth task on Sunday as he has to used the grand prix as a stepping stone to breach the 62-point advantage Fernando Alonso has over him in the Drivers' standings.

"Thanks for reminding me!" said the Brit.

"This is motor racing and we're not saying that we're relaxed about it, we know that we have got a lot of work to do and we're trying to make sure we start that work from this weekend."

One job that does await McLaren is fending off their rivals as Hamilton reckons Lotus and Red Bull both showed good long-distance pace in the practice sessions.

"There is no real secret (to Sunday's race), it is the same as anyone else. You have to keep your head cool and make sure you look after your tyres. Tyre strategy will be important tomorrow, and degradation will be interesting.

"I didn't do any long runs this morning, I did mine yesterday (and) they were pretty good. The track was a little bit greener yesterday so its difficult to compare. We know Lotus is long through long runs and so is the Red Bull, so we just need to focus on us.

"Jenson showed those upgrades are an improvement and hopefully I can show the same thing tomorrow. We have a long race tomorrow so lots can happen, but we need to keep cool."

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