Hamilton gets emotional after beating Verstappen to Hungarian GP pole

He is a seven-time champion

By Web Desk
July 22, 2023
Lewis Hamilton beats Max Verstappen to pole position for the first time since 2021 — Reuters 

Lewis Hamilton got emotional after beating Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the Hungarian Grand Prix to pole position on Saturday.

Hamilton, who is under contract with Mercedes, defeated both Verstappen and Lando Norris as the former was looking forward to his sixth-straight pole position to continue his unstoppable form.

The Brit managed to add another one to his records by beating the Dutch-Belgian racing driver by three-thousandth of a second. And he has no plans to stop as the former will be hoping to convert that into a ninth victory here.

During his speech after grabbing the win, Hamilton got emotional and one could easily hear his voice cracking.

"I just have to see if I can try to sleep tonight," he said with a small laugh. "Tomorrow, we'll study as hard as we can and bring our A-game as a team."

The 38-year-old did not forget to mention his rivals — for whom he has great respect.

"It's going to be difficult to fight these two guys. Lando has been doing a mega job – it's been great to see McLaren up there battling. And Max, you know Max, he's always up there doing his thing.

"I've lost my voice from shouting so much in the car. It's amazing, the feeling. I feel so grateful to be up here because the team have worked so hard. "We've been pushing so hard over this time to finally get a pole,” he added.

Lastly, the Mercedes racing driver also thanked the crowd for cheering for him.

"And a big thanks to the crowd, we always have an amazing crowd here in Budapest. Wow. I really didn't expect, coming into today, that we would be fighting for pole. So when it went into that last run I gave it absolutely everything. There was nothing left in it,” he added.

Earlier, Hamilton hinted at a possible contract extension with Mercedes but it may not be signed till the end of the year.

The 38-year-old joined Mercedes in 2013 from McLaren and went on to win six world titles with the brand cementing his name as one of the best Formula 1's drivers. His last title win was in 2020 while his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was the runner-up.