Lewis Hamilton has warned Red Bull that he will ‘bring out the lion’ ahead of the British Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton is gearing up to take on Red Bull in the inaugural Formula One sprint race on Saturday.
Lewis Hamilton has promised to ‘bring out the lion’ in front of his home fans this weekend, as he leads sprint qualifying at Silverstone track on Saturday afternoon.
Hamilton drove to the fastest time in front of a raucous home crowd, beating Max Verstappen to the pole position for the inaugural F1 Sprint at Silverstone, a 100km race with no pit stops.
In front of a delighted British crowd, Hamilton stunned in the evening qualifying session, beating Verstappen by barely 0.075s.
It means Hamilton will start from pole position, albeit it isn’t officially pole position, ahead of his major title opponent, who will start second, and Hamilton’s teammate, who will start third.
The results of the sprint race will determine the starting lineup for the main event on Sunday, with Hamilton wanting to take advantage of the three bonus points available.
“I’m going into it with my head up high and all guns blazing,” Hamilton added. “Tomorrow, I have to bring out the lion and give it everything. It all starts with the first step, so we’ll work on that.
“Passing the Red Bull is difficult, so being where we are helps a lot. But we have to get it off the ground, and there are still so many problems and difficulties to overcome. The sprint race, on the other hand, promises to be exciting. We’ll see. I think I’ve got the car where I need it.”
Toto Wolff, Hamilton’s team boss, was overjoyed as Hamilton seeks to close the 32-point lead Verstappen has built up at the top of the driver standings, and he expects the 17-lap race to deliver.
“I suppose racing drivers basically go when the lights are green, hopefully not putting themselves in too much danger,” Wolff remarked.
“It would be a shame if one of the frontrunners didn’t get off to a good start on Sunday. But if it becomes a little feisty, it gets a little feisty.”
As the home fans cheered his name, the seven-time world champion became clearly emotional, as he prepares to win his eighth global title this season.
As Hamilton hopped out of the car, cheers rippled around Silverstone. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”