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Hamilton's shock as he makes front row.

LEWIS Hamilton was left eating his words after conjuring a qualifying lap that was even a mystery to him.

After Friday's practice sessions for the German Grand Prix, Hamilton claimed he definitely could not challenge for pole after finishing a second adrift of Mark Webber.

So less than 24 hours later, just how the McLaren driver managed to split Webber and his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, finishing just 0.055secs adrift of the Australian, is near unfathomable.

"I'm kind of speechless," said Hamilton after clinching his first front-row start since the second race of this season in Malaysia. I want to get the recording of the on-board footage because I would love to see the lap again.

"I'm on such a high right now, a real natural boost because I honestly didn't expect to be so high up, and I don't think anyone did in the team.

"On my heart we were not fast enough yesterday, and although we had some upgrades we were not expecting to be as fast as the others.

"Today, I don't know what it is, but we dialled in the car a bit more, found a little more time, with my lap above and beyond the limit. I don't know where the time came from, I really don't.

"So it's great to be able to split the Red Bulls, and it's great to be ahead of the Ferraris, so I eat my words from yesterday.

"It was as perfect as I could do it. I don't know how I could make it any more perfect. It's one of the best laps I think I've ever done in a car."

Hamilton felt after all the recent criticism of the team, including from himself, the performance was an ideal riposte.

"I'm ecstatic, and I hope the guys in the team and factory are too," he added.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 24, 2011

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