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Hamilton on pole for Italian GP, breaks Schumacher’s pole record

Lewis Hamilton breaks Michael Schumacher’s record for most pole positions in F1 history on Saturday at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. He set 69th career pole positions in his 201th Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo second and third in wet qualifying session but will be demoted following the engine penalty.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel eighth behind his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen but they will start sixth and seventh – Red Bull duo penalty lifted them.

Williams F1 young speedy Lance Stroll to start on front row alongside Hamilton, ahead of Force India’s Esteban Ocon and Valtteri Bottas.

Felipe Massa, who was quickest in the partial final practice session earlier in the day, was ninth fastest in qualifying while Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top 10 quickest finishers.

“Unbelievable. I have no words. Lewis’ lap was unbelievable,” says former F1 world champion and Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.

“Valtteri didn’t get it going. But if you look at the grid now, it is Hamilton, Stroll, Ocon, Bottas. That is unbelievable.

“It is not hard when you are a driver like Lewis. He can put everything together and do a fantastic lap.”

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