Formula 1 news - Lewis Hamilton credits Silverstone fans for finishing ahead of Max Verstappen in qualifying
Lewis Hamilton was visibly emotional as he paid tribute to fans at the British Grand Prix. The hometown hero finished quickest in qualifying on Friday and Hamilton believes it was the energy from the 140,000 crowd that got him past championship leader Max Verstappen. "I'm so grateful to see everyone here - we have missed you for a whole year," he said.
Fastest qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone
"We have been missing this for a whole year," Hamilton said, who was clearly emotional as fans chanted his name.
"I'm so grateful to see everyone here - we have missed you for a whole year.
To come to the Silverstone grand prix and have a full crowd like this, you see the energy and when I was coming into it with the great work we have done together in the team plus the energy of the fans would give us there.