Hamilton equals Schumacher's pole record

By on Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton will start the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday from pole position after setting the quickest time of the qualifying session. His fast lap of 1:42.553 set an all-time track record at Spa, one-upping the hours-old mark of 1:43.916 set by Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen in final practice (FP3). Räikkönen broke the all-time fastest lap at Spa by .587 of a second. The previous mark of 1:44.503 was set by Jarno Trulli in his Toyota during the second round of qualifying for the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s pole-winning time crushed the eight-year-old record by 1.95 seconds.

With one record broken, Hamilton’s speed tied him for another. The pole was the 68th of Hamilton’s career, tying him with Michael Schumacher for the most poles in Formula One history. It was also Hamilton’s seventh pole this season and his fourth at Spa, earned by .242 of a second over runner-up Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari. 

Qualifying results:

1.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:44.184 01:42.927 01:42.553 17
2.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:44.275 01:43.987 01:42.795 12
3.  V. Bottas Mercedes 01:44.773 01:43.249 01:43.094 18
4.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:44.729 01:43.700 01:43.270 11
5.  M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:44.535 01:43.940 01:43.380 12
6.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:45.114 01:44.224 01:43.863 12
7.  N. Hulkenberg Renault 01:45.280 01:44.988 01:44.982 15
8.  S. Pérez Force India 01:45.591 01:44.894 01:45.244 14
9.  E. Ocon Force India 01:45.277 01:45.006 01:45.369 14
10.  J. Palmer Renault 01:45.447 01:44.843 10
11.  F. Alonso McLaren 01:45.668 01:45.090 11
12.  R. Grosjean Haas 01:45.728 01:45.133 12
13.  K. Magnussen Haas 01:45.535 01:45.400 12
14.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:45.374 01:45.439 12
15.  S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:45.441 11
16.  F. Massa Williams 01:45.823 7
17.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:46.028 6
18.  L. Stroll Williams 01:46.915 5
19.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:47.214 6
20.  P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:47.679

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