Lewis Hamilton said McLaren have answered their critics after he delivered one of his best qualifying laps at the German Grand Prix. After two tough races for the team, Hamilton qualified second behind Red Bull's Mark Webber with a stunning lap.
"It was one of the best laps I've ever done," said the 2008 champion. "What we were able to do reminds me of what a strong team I have and how they never give up - which is what we've been telling people for a long time."
Hamilton's ability to split the front-running Red Bulls of Webber and his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who was third, represented an impressive turnaround in form. After Friday's two practice sessions, Hamilton bleakly summed up his chances of challenging Red Bull and Ferrari saying: "We won't find an answer tomorrow. We definitely can't challenge them for pole."
But despite cool track conditions at the fast and flowing Nurburgring, Hamilton came to within only 0.055 seconds of denying Red Bull pole for the first time this season.