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LEWIS HAMILTON RECORD EQUALLING POLE AT SPA

Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position in the Belgian Grand Prix - Photo: LAT

Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position in the Belgian Grand Prix – Photo: LAT

Lewis Hamilton has equalled the all-time Formula 1 pole record that had been held by Michael Schumacher, after a commanding performance in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver dominated the earlier segments of qualifying, stamping his authority on the rest of the field. In his final run in Q3, Hamilton smashed the lap record, yet again, with a time of 1.42.553 to lock in his 68th career pole position.

Ross Brawn congratulates Lewis Hamilton on his record equalling 68th Pole - Photo: LAT

Ross Brawn congratulates Lewis Hamilton on his record equalling 68th Pole – Photo: LAT

Hamilton’s effort equalled that of Schumacher, who’s family passed on their congratulations to the British driver via Liberty Media’s Ross Brawn.

“I can’t believe it,” said Hamilton on the grid after qualifying.

“I have to say a big thank you to my team. Ross (Brawn) was a big part in me coming to Mercedes.

“To come here and put a lap together like that is a dream.

“To hear the message that Ross just gave I have to say a big thank you. I pray for Michael and his family all the time.

“I had the privilege of racing with him and always admired him. I’m honoured to be up there with him. He will still be one the greatest of all time.”

Sebastian Vettel snuck onto the front row - Photo: LAT

Sebastian Vettel snuck onto the front row – Photo: LAT

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel did manage to sneak onto the front row ahead of Valtteri Bottas, after receiving a tow from teammate Kimi Raikkonen who had been leading the Ferrari pair until he “f***** it up” on his final attempt Q3. Bottas and Raikkonen make up the second row of the grid.

Red Bull locked out the third row of the grid with Max Verstappen holding a slight advantage over Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying.

Renault and Force India were the only other teams to make it to Q3, rounding out the top ten. Although Jolyon Palmer didn’t get to bank a lap time in the final segment of qualifying after stopping on track with an oil pressure issue in his gearbox.

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne qualified 15th, but will start from the rear of the grid in his home Grand Prix after receiving a 65 place grid penalty for replacing multiple engine components.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat will receive a 20 place grid penalty after changing his engine. Williams Felipe Massa has a five place grid penalty for passing under double wave yellows in FP3. While both the Sauber’s have five place grid penalties for replacing their gearboxes.

Formula 1 – Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying – Result

Position Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m42.553s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m42.795s 0.242s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m43.094s 0.541s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m43.270s 0.717s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m43.380s 0.827s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m43.863s 1.310s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m44.982s 2.429s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m45.244s 2.691s
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m45.369s 2.816s
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m45.090s
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m45.133s
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m45.400s
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m45.439s
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m45.823s
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m46.028s
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m46.915s
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.214s
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.679s

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