荷蘭大獎賽:劉易斯-漢密爾頓說梅賽德斯在強大的排位賽後 "終於感覺到了活力"。

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荷蘭大獎賽:劉易斯-漢密爾頓說梅賽德斯在強大的排位賽後 "終於感覺到了活力"。

劉易斯-漢密爾頓說,在荷蘭大獎賽的排位賽中,他那輛不聽話的梅賽德斯賽車 "終於感覺到了活力",這讓七屆冠軍感到沮喪,同時也帶來了希望。

他以第四名起步,排在紅牛車隊的馬克斯-維斯塔潘和法拉利車隊的查爾斯-勒克萊爾和卡洛斯-塞恩斯之後,他樂觀地認為,梅賽德斯更強的比賽節奏可能使他能夠在大獎賽中在前面作戰。

"我真的感覺很好,"漢密爾頓說。"我們已經在一圈內不知不覺地縮小了差距。我真的不明白為什麼。

"但我希望這意味着我們在比賽中再次更加接近,如果我們是這樣,那將是非常棒的。如果我們能和我前面的這三個人一起戰鬥,那將是一個了不起的經歷。"

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漢密爾頓在最後排位賽的第一圈後,與勒克萊爾的臨時杆位時間僅差0.192秒,當維斯塔潘的隊友塞爾吉奧-佩雷斯在最後一個彎道打滑時,他的最後一圈也在不斷提高。

英國人不得不因黃色警示旗而後退,他的一圈被毀了。儘管維斯塔潘和勒克萊爾在最後一圈都有進步,但他最終離杆位只有0.306秒。

從百分比來看,這可能是梅賽德斯本賽季最具競爭力的表現,除了隊友喬治-拉塞爾在匈牙利的杆位,那是因為在乾燥的賽道上出現了一系列獨特的情況。

"我在為它而戰,"漢密爾頓說。"這真的是一種積極的感覺,從一個困難的周末,困難的結果中走出來,這個周末的車完全改變了,只是因為不同類型的賽道。

"我們和紅牛之間只有0.1秒的差距,這讓人想起了去年的好時光。我真的希望我可以做到這一點差異,並有可能取得領先。

"最後我提高了[我之前的時間]。是否足以成為杆位,可能不是,但肯定是為前排而戰。

"無論怎樣,我們都很接近,我希望我們能在比賽中與這些人競爭。

"正如我們在過去看到的那樣,這是一場很難超車的比賽,但我們沒有什麼可失去的。我們明天必須全力以赴。"

相對於紅牛和法拉利,梅賽德斯在比賽中通常比排位賽中更快,因為它對輪胎更溫柔,比前面的車更能保持良好的狀態。

"如果我們通常擁有的單圈到比賽空間的delta[差異]轉移到明天,我們可能會處於一個好的位置,"漢密爾頓說。"我們會看到的。然後就看策略和這些事情了。

"我不認為在賽道上一定會有超車。我只是保持我的希望。我希望這次能看到比賽的結束。沒有看到比賽的結束是很糟糕的。"

上周末在斯帕,漢密爾頓在對阿爾卑斯山的費爾南多-阿隆索的超車動作判斷失誤後,在第一圈就崩潰了。

在比利時,梅賽德斯的速度很慢,因為車隊不得不提高它的車高,以阻止它在賽道的兩個關鍵點上砸到地上。這意味着它跑得太高,無法產生最佳的下壓力。

相比之下,在贊德福特,他們可以在最佳高度運行,以產生下壓力。而磨蝕性的賽道表面使梅賽德斯能夠克服今年困擾他們的另一個弱點--難以在一圈內產生最佳輪胎溫度。

漢密爾頓說。"我認為他們對我們來說還是太快了,如果我真的誠實的話,但我認為我們會爭取到第一排。至少是第三名。但我們非常接近前排,所以有很多積極因素可以借鑑。"

"它有一個人的特點,"他說。"你滿懷希望地來到[賽道],然後它就像。'不,我不想去快。然後另一次它就像。'好吧,我下來了。

"你不知道你將在床的哪一邊趕上這輛車。我相信人們在人際關係中可以感同身受。"

拉塞爾獲得了第六名的資格,也因為佩雷斯的失誤而被剝奪了最後一圈的機會,但他承認,他能做的最好的事情就是把墨西哥人打到第五。

"能與一個偉大的結果在咫尺之遙,就更令人滿意了,"拉塞爾說。"但最終我們仍然缺乏幾十分之一的排位賽表現

"我認為那裡[對我來說]還有一點潛力。劉易斯做得很好。這是一個好的圈速。不足以在前面戰鬥。可能是P5,僅次於劉易斯。"

在經歷了一系列困難的比賽後,維斯塔潘在錦標賽中實際上已經失去了優勢,勒克萊爾說他很欣慰能夠重新與他的冠軍對手爭奪杆位。

他說,在最後一圈排位賽中,他在第10號彎道上犯了一個錯誤,當時他沖得太快,跑得太遠,這可能使他失去了杆位。

"這一圈是在車裡,我只是沒有把所有東西放在一起。但無論如何,我很高興,因為現在已經有四、五場比賽了,我對排位賽的平衡不是很滿意。

"我得到了更多的前端[抓地力],我已經掙扎了好幾場比賽了。

"在比賽中,我們似乎總是能找到正確的平衡,但在排位賽中,我們有很大的困難。卡洛斯和我就在馬克斯後面發車,所以希望這能給我們帶來一點幫助。"

維斯塔彭在周五因可靠性問題而失去整節比賽後恢復得很好,在整個排位賽中顯得非常強大,直到法拉利車隊在前十名的爭奪中逼近。

維斯塔彭說,贊德福特的特點是,與他碾壓全場的高速斯帕相比,贊德福特獎勵高下壓力的設置,這使紅牛回到了其他車隊的行列。

"我們有一輛完整的車,"他說。"你可以看到它的變化有多快,儘管如此,因為在斯帕我們是占優勢的。在這裡,它最初看起來有點棘手,在排位賽中很接近。在高低壓力的賽道上,我們很難發揮賽車的最大作用,但它仍然是一輛快速的賽車。

"我認為[與法拉利]的比賽會很接近,但我很期待,我希望我們能有一場好的比賽。"

整個周末,維斯塔潘都受到了可容納105,000名橙衣荷蘭車迷的歡呼。

但在排位賽中,他們中的一個人熱情高漲,向賽道上投擲信號彈,導致排位賽延遲。

維斯塔彭說,他感謝家鄉車迷的支持,但稱投擲信號彈的人的行為是 "愚蠢的",並補充說。"你讓自己被踢出去,無法觀看比賽。"

F1表示,該車迷已被確認並被趕出賽道。

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Lewis Hamilton said his recalcitrant Mercedes car "finally felt alive" in a Dutch Grand Prix qualifying session that delivered both frustration and promise for the seven-time champion.

He starts fourth, behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen and the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, optimistic that the Mercedes' stronger race pace might enable him to fight at the front in the grand prix.

"I genuinely feel good," said Hamilton. "We have closed the gap somehow over one lap. I can't really understand why.

"But I'm hoping that means we are even closer again in the race and if we are that would be fantastic. If we can fight with these three ahead of me, that would be an amazing experience." • None Verstappen edges out Leclerc to take Dutch pole • None How to follow the Dutch GP on the BBC

Hamilton was just 0.192 seconds off Leclerc's provisional pole time after the first laps of final qualifying and was improving on his final lap when Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Perez spun at the final corner.

The Briton had to back off for the yellow caution flags and his lap was ruined. He ended up just 0.306secs off pole despite Verstappen and Leclerc both improving on their final laps.

In percentage terms, it was comfortably Mercedes' most competitive performance of the season, apart from team-mate George Russell's pole position in Hungary, which came about because of a unique set of circumstances on a drying track.

"I was fighting for it," Hamilton said. "It was really such a positive feeling to come from a difficult weekend, difficult result, the car is completely transformed this weekend just because of the different type of track.

"And to be fighting with only 0.1secs between us and a Red Bull, it felt very reminiscent of good times of last year. I was really hoping I could just make that little difference and potentially get ahead.

"At the end I was up [on my previous time]. Whether it was up enough be pole, probably not, but definitely fighting for the front row.

"Either way, we're close and I hope we can fight these guys in the race.

"It is a difficult race to overtake as we've seen in the past, but we've got nothing to lose. We've got to give it everything tomorrow."

The Mercedes is usually quicker in the race than in qualifying relative to the Red Bulls and Ferraris because it is more gentle on its tyres and keeps them in good shape longer than the front-running cars.

"If our single-lap to race-pace delta [difference] that we normally have transfers to tomorrow we could be in a good place," Hamilton said. "We'll see. And then it's down to strategy and those sorts of things.

"I don't think there will be overtaking on track necessarily. I'll just keep my hopes up. I want to see the end of the race this time. It sucks not seeing the end of the race."

Hamilton crashed out on the first lap in Spa last weekend after misjudging an overtaking move on Alpine's Fernando Alonso.

In Belgium, the Mercedes was slow because the team had to raise its ride-height to stop it smashing into the ground at two key points of the track. That meant it ran too high to produce its optimum downforce.

In Zandvoort, by contrast, they can run it at is optimum ride-height for downforce generation. And the abrasive track surface was enabling Mercedes to overcome another weakness that has afflicted them this year - difficulty generating optimum tyre temperature for one quick lap.

Hamilton said: "I think they were still too quick for us if I'm really honest but I think we would have been fighting for the front row. At least third. But we were very close to the front row, so lots of positives to take from it."

"It has a characteristic of a human being," he said. "You come [to the track] so hopeful, and then it's like: 'No, I don't want to go quick.' And then another time it's like: 'OK, I'm down.'

"You don't know what side of the bed you are going to catch this car. I am sure people can relate in relationships."

Russell qualified sixth, also denied a final lap by Perez's error, but admitted that the best he could have done would have been to beat the Mexican to fifth.

"To be within touching distance of a great result is much more satisfying," Russell said. "But ultimately we are still lacking a couple of tenths of qualifying performance

"I think there was a bit more potential in there [for me]. Lewis did a great job. It was a good lap. Not good enough to fight at the front. Probably P5 just behind Lewis."

After a run of difficult races, during which Verstappen has moved effectively out of touch in the championship, Leclerc said he was relieved to be back fighting with his title rival for pole.

He said a mistake on his final qualifying lap at Turn 10, when he went in too fast and ran wide, had probably denied him pole.

"The lap was in the car and I just didn't put everything together. But anyway, happy because it has been now four or five races that I am not very happy with the balance in qualifying.

"I got a bit more front end [grip], which I struggled with for a few races now.

"In the race we always seem to find the right balance but in qualifying we struggle quite a bit. Carlos and I are starting right behind Max so hopefully this can be a little bit of a help."

Verstappen recovered well after losing a whole session on Friday because of reliability problems and looked extremely strong throughout qualifying until the Ferraris closed in during the top 10 shoot-out.

Verstappen said the characteristics of Zandvoort, which rewards a high-downforce set-up compared to high-speed Spa where he crushed the field, had brought Red Bull back to the rest of the field.

"We have a complete car," he said. "You can see how quickly it changes, though, because in Spa we were dominant. Here it looked a bit tricky initially and it was close in qualifying. On the high-downforce tracks we struggle to get the most of the car but it is still a quick car.

"I think it will be close [with Ferrari] but I am looking forward to it and I hope we can have a good race."

Verstappen has been cheered by a capacity 105,000 crowd of orange-clad Dutch fans all weekend.

But enthusiasm got the better of one of them in qualifying when a flare was thrown on to the track, causing a delay to qualifying.

Verstappen said he appreciated the support of his home fans, but called the actions of the person who threw the flare "stupid", adding: "You get yourself kicked out and can't watch the race."

The fan was identified and ejected from the track, F1 said. • None Steve Coogan chats to Nihal Arthanayake about British humour and cancel culture • None 'Policies we improvised became law within years' The creative force behind Alan Partridge talks about his cultural influences

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