Interviewed after qualifying by former Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde, who urged the crowd to restrain their jeers, Hamilton said: “I just want to say a big, big thank you to all the orange fans here, the Dutch fans.
“What an amazing venue, what an amazing track. I really do genuinely love coming to this country and I really appreciate the welcome. There’s great sporting fans here and I love how it’s just been good. I really appreciate it.”
Hamilton was pleased to cut his deficit to Verstappen after completing the least laps of any driver in practice yesterday.
“Max did an amazing lap and I was so close,” he said. “I was trying to catch him, obviously with yesterday’s session missed it made it a little bit difficult of a day, but I gave it absolutely everything and he did a fantastic lap and deserves a pole.”
All weekend drivers have predicted overtaking will be very difficult at the revamped home of the Dutch Grand Prix.
“It’s going to be a tough one,” he said. “It’s a difficult circuit to overtake. But what a place for us to be racing.
“I think strategy will obviously come into it a lot. But we’re going to see a crowd like this, we haven’t seen a crowd like this in a while, so it’s really, really great to see so many people here, and I hope that tomorrow the track helps us provide a good race. It’s a very, very tough circuit, which is what makes it so fantastic to drive.”
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