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Lewis Hamilton: I've found another level in qualifying

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Lewis Hamilton has a 34-point lead at the top of the drivers' championshipLewis Hamilton said he is driving better than ever in qualifying after taking his 10th pole in 16 races.The British Mercedes driver extended his all-time record of poles to 71 on Saturday at the Japanese Grand Prix."Qualifying has been an area this year where I have really been able to find another level of composure. It has really helped me deliver," he said.
Hamilton added that he was "really happy" with his first pole at Suzuka, one of the most challenging tracks.Sunday's race is live on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website."It has taken me forever to get this pole," he said. "That's a complete list of all the tracks. I have a pole on all the circuits now, which is kind of crazy to think."I have been here a long time, I don't know how many more I have left in me but this has been a strong season in terms of qualifying - all my laps were bang on the mark. I didn't miss a single one."
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Hamilton said Mercedes felt more competitive in Japan but he still expects a close fight with Vettel in the race."The last race the car was a disaster, so second place was not too bad," Hamilton said. "This weekend, being it's cooler, it works better with these corner conditions - but the Ferrari is going to be strong."I anticipate a little bit more hopefully a little bit more like (the Belgian Grand Prix at) Spa, where Ferrari is going be right on us and potentially a little bit quicker. So strategy and how I look after the tyre is going to be key. But I am ready, I'm game and I am on it."Vettel, who needs to win to revive his title hopes with only 125 points available over the remaining five races, said: "We want to win. I think we have the package and car. Usually Sundays we are a bit stronger but there have been Sundays where Mercedes was stronger than us - so I can't give you prediction."It could get warmer and that can change the balance of the car, so hopefully it helps us."
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