Hamilton sets new lap record with pole time

By on Saturday, October 7, 2017

Taking the pole for the Japanese Grand Prix was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. His fast lap of 1:27.319 was .332 of a second better than runner-up and teammate Valtteri Bottas and it set a new all-time fastest lap at Suzuka, breaking the mark of 1:28.954 set by Michael Schumacher in 2006 during Q2 while driving for Scuderia Ferrari.

Today's result was Hamilton’s 71st career Formula One pole, his 10th of the season and second straight, but his first at Suzuka.

Qualifying results:

1.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:29.047 01:27.819 01:27.319
2.  V. Bottas Mercedes 01:29.332 01:28.543 01:27.651
3.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:29.352 01:28.225 01:27.791
4.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:29.475 01:28.935 01:28.306
5.  M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:29.181 01:28.747 01:28.332
6.  K. Räikkönen Ferrari 01:29.163 01:29.079 01:28.498
7.  E. Ocon Force India 01:30.115 01:29.199 01:29.111
8.  S. Pérez Force India 01:29.696 01:29.343 01:29.260
9.  F. Massa Williams 01:30.352 01:29.687 01:29.480
10.  F. Alonso McLaren 01:30.525 01:29.749 01:30.687
11.  S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:30.654 01:29.778
12.  N. Hulkenberg Renault 01:30.252 01:29.879
13.  K. Magnussen Haas 01:30.774 01:29.972
14.  J. Palmer Renault 01:30.516 01:30.022
15.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:30.565 01:30.413
16.  R. Grosjean Haas 01:30.849
17.  P. Gasly Toro Rosso 01:31.317
18.  L. Stroll Williams 01:31.409
19.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:31.597
20.  P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:31.885

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