Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton trailing Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 12 points at the top of the drivers’ title, needing a dramatic U-turn in fortunes to secure a fourth drivers’ championship on Sunday.
Today qualifying result marked the 12th pole position of Hamilton’s 2016 Formula 1 season and the fourth in a row, also the 61st of his career. Along with putting him to within four of F1 legend and his hero, Ayrton Senna, whose tally is 65.
“I can’t believe I have 61 – four more to go to try and catch Ayrton. It’s been a great weekend so far, it’s been strange coming here this weekend realising these are going to be the last practice sessions and qualifying with this car, which has been incredible. Hamilton said following session.
“I feel amazing. I’m on pole position. I feel energetic. I’m super excited about it.”
“You never know when you’re going to have a car like this again. I hope we have another one in the near future, maybe next year. It’s been such a privilege driving this car.
“This weekend so far we’ve got the car in a real sweet spot, great work done by my engineers. Faultless mechanics again, [they’ve] done an incredible job. Everyone in the factory, I just want to thank everyone. The Brit added
“I wouldn’t have the 61 poles I have now if it wasn’t for them. Perfect position for tomorrow.”
Hamilton will be crowned world champion if he wins the race and Rosberg finishes off the podium.