Lewis Hamilton hopeful of beating Red Bulls at German Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton celebrates gaining pole position at the German GP on July 6, 2013
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Lewis Hamilton remains hopeful that he can turn his pole position into victory at the German Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he can stay ahead of the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Hamilton held off the challenge of both drivers to clinch pole position, and although he said that it will be possible to turn it into a win, the challenge ahead remains "very hard".

"I think it is going to be very hard," he told Autosport. "The Red Bulls have made a step this weekend, and I think a lot of teams have made a step forwards.

"Webber said to me that the tyres seemed to work on his car, so I think perhaps they have potentially gained a bigger advantage than we have with this switch of tyres. His long run was very strong the other day, so I anticipate that they will both be strong tomorrow - but of course it would help if we could get into Turn 1 in the lead and hold them behind.

"We still have degradation issues, so it is not something that we have completely cured, but I don't think it is impossible."

Vettel qualified second and Webber third for Sunday's race.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates after taking pole during qualifying for the British Grand Prix on June 29, 2013
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1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
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1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
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8Esteban OconForce India45
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10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0