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IN WORDS: British GP Fans Spurred Me to Pole – Lewis

IN WORDS: British GP Fans Spurred Me to Pole – Lewis

Lewis Hamilton says he was energised by the British Grand Prix as he stormed to his fifth Silverstone pole position on Saturday.

Lewis: 'I feel like I've really grown with the fans over this time'

The Brit beat Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to pole by half a second to equal Jim Clark's record of five British Grand Prix poles.

"I want to say a big thank you to all the fans that have come out," said Lewis. "Every year it's amazing to see how many people are here from the Thursday onwards.

"It really means the world to me, and I can feel it, and that energy absolutely inspires me to get laps like that.

"I remember seeing Nigel with the support and thinking, "wow, I wonder what that feels like? I've been really privileged over the past ten years to come here and receive that love. I feel like I've really grown with the fans over this time.

Lewis: 'I feel like this is the home of motorsport'

"It really is so energizing. I think Nigel mentioned years ago, I think he said it gives you a second, maybe it's half a second. It definitely feels like it gives you something. You carry that energy."

After his fourth pole in as many years, Lewis stressed the importance of the British Grand Prix remaining at Silverstone for the foreseeable future.

"I've said it many times, I feel like this is the home of motorsport," said Lewis. "The UK, we've obviously got lots of teams here. You see the crowd that we have every grand prix. I think it would be a real shame to lose it. I don't believe for a second that we will lose the British Grand Prix because the world would erupt!"

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