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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: I didn't expect to be ahead of the Red Bulls

Lewis Hamilton was surprised by his pole position at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with the Mercedes driver lining up ahead of Red Bull's Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.

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Lewis Hamilton secured yet another pole position in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix but the Briton has admitted that it was not a result he was expecting.

The Mercedes driver looked strong throughout the session yet was surprised to find himself ahead of the Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen, who will line up in second and third place respectively.

"I definitely didn't expect us to be ahead of the two Red Bulls," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 after qualifying. "They have been so quick this weekend. There were times when they were six tenths ahead, we didn’t really know where we would be.

"But the car has been feeling better from the beginning this weekend so respect to the team for the hard work to really narrow down the window."

Hamilton is looking forward to the challenge of competing against the Red Bulls in the race.

"I love the challenge. I think it’s great finally we’ve got the two Red Bulls there," the seven-times world champion explained. "It’s definitely going to make strategy harder and it’ll be a real challenge because they have got great race pace.

"Their pace was a little bit stronger in the long run yesterday but I’m just so happy.

"The first lap was really nice, really clean. There were some improvements on the second lap but it wasn’t quite as good as the first one, but I’m really grateful. I came around the last corner and heard that I got the pole and I was very grateful."

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