LEWIS HAMILTON has revealed the key to his recent hot form… his stunning qualifying performances.
The Brit racer, 32, claims to have found “another level” in the qualifying sessions this season after bagging his first-ever Japan pole.
Hamilton took his season tally to ten pole positions in just 16 races in Suzuka on Saturday, with his career tally now a record 71… three ahead of Michael Schumacher.
On his recent form, he said: “Qualifying has been an area this year where I have really been able to find another level of composure.
“It has really helped me deliver.”
Hamilton added he was thrilled to finally bag his first-ever pole at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The British F1 star added: “It has taken me forever to get this pole.
“That’s a complete list of all the tracks. I have a pole on all the circuits now, which is kind of crazy to think.
“I have been here a long time, I don’t know how many more I have left in me but this has been a strong season in terms of qualifying.
“All my laps were bang on the mark. I didn’t miss a single one.”
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Hamilton then went on to say his blossoming relationship with the Mercedes crew has been integral to his recent red-hot form.
He added: “It is also the confidence of the work the engineers are doing.
“Globally, myself and my engineer always having the belief in one another.
“Having that 100 per cent confidence definitely helps us continue to build and the car has been feeling right underneath me this year – so I have been able to exploit it.”
Hamilton is taking nothing for granted though, as he knows he is up for a big challenge with Sebastian Vettel in Japan.
He claimed: “The last race the car was a disaster, so second place was not too bad.
“This weekend, being it’s cooler, it works better with these corner conditions – but the Ferrari is going to be strong.
“I anticipate a little bit more, hopefully a little bit more like Spa, where the Ferrari is going be right on us and potentially a little bit quicker.
“So strategy and how I look after the tyre is going to be key. But I am ready, I’m game and I am on it.”