Lewis Hamilton hails one of the finest moments of his career

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Vettel secured second place on Sunday's grid - 0.44s off Lewis Hamilton on pole position - after one of the closest qualifying sessions at Silverstone in recent memory.

"It's such a technical circuit and it's about auto placement and you've got to have the package", Hamilton said.

'It was one of the most pressurised laps that I have ever had.

"I think it is, yes, with the heat the track is the hottest I think we've driven on for a long time".

"I gave it everything I could", said a breathless Hamilton moments after getting out of his vehicle and sealing his 50th pole for Mercedes.

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"I didn't leave anything on the table today". "The lap was just intense, I left the pitlane, the first lap was OK, it was pretty good, and then I saw that I dropped to second".

Hamilton said the speed of Mercedes finding a solution was "mind-blowing" and Bottas was also effusive in praising the team. "Obviously, that naturally just adds a little bit more pressure", he said. We're flat-out through Turn 1, we're flat-out through Copse, it's insane, to turn in there at 300-and-whatever-it-is kilometeres we're doing. "It's how the sport should be in a sense, that you're squeezing more out of the cars and out of the drivers as well so I think it's not a bad thing".

"Magnussen tried to hit me two times - in one and three", Alonso reported over the radio.

"The last lap I was very happy with it, I seem to lose a lot of time in the straights, so I think I'm missing a bit of tow".

Moments after taking off his helmet, and visibly overcome with the emotion of his pole lap, Hamilton, who finished just four hundredths of a second clear, told the 100,000-strong Silverstone crowd: 'I gave it everything I could. I was shaking through the emotion, through the adrenaline rush was way above the limit that I had experienced before, which is kind of insane for my 76th. I think on the TV it doesn't look like we're lifting - but we are. But the 76th is so special. "It's not going to be a case of either of us pulling a big gap, it's going to be close all the way, so I personally think it's going to be one of the toughest, yes".

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