Lewis Hamilton has said he is getting “every ounce” of performance out of his car this weekend, after qualifying top for tomorrow’s sprint race.

His first lap was just enough for top spot today in front of his home crowd, though it is not yet a done deal for Hamilton who has the sprint race to do tomorrow. He was incredibly happy with his day though, saying he got every last drop of speed out of his car.

“I was in the factory on Tuesday, again we had this morning free so I thought ‘let’s not sit around waste time’. So we did a practice session on the simulator,” he said. “We’re squeezing every ounce of performance from this thing. I’m over the moon. It’s been such a long time since I’ve been able to get anywhere near. This is incredibly special.”

“I don’t know what they were doing. They were quick in that practice session. We were just staying focused on our job. I was in the simulator this morning using it as a practice session.”

“The first lap was great, the second was looking even better but just lost the back-end in the last corner. My heart was in my mouth as I crossed the line. Seeing the crowd, I couldn’t have done it without them here.”

Hamilton will hope to take three points for winning the sprint race tomorrow, with the added bonus of taking pole for the Grand Prix on Sunday.

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