2017 F1

Record-breaking F1 pole: 69 I can’t believe it – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton claimed his 69th career pole position Saturday to break the F1 pole record formerly held by seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher.

The triple-time F1 world champion now stands alone as the most successful qualifier in Formula One history. Hamilton fashioned a stunning lap to finish 1.148 seconds quicker than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

The drivers suffered with an irritating day as heavy rain delayed the track with the morning’s final practice consisting of only 15 minutes, with just seven drivers completing a lap.

The weather continued to wreak chaos with the qualifying session eventually getting underway at 15.40, over 2.5 hours later than scheduled.

Verstappen had taken the top spot just before Hamilton’s final lap, so when Hamilton reclaimed the leading position he rapidly pumped his fist multiple times before slowing down and waving to the crowd.

“69 I can’t believe it.” Hamilton said following the long-qualifying session.

“We’re in Ferrari’s homeland but we have a lot of support for Mercedes”. “To do this here at such a historic circuit, I’m going to have some pasta tonight to celebrate.

“I came across the line and I didn’t know if I had it but it felt a good lap. These guys definitely made me work for it,” the Brit added.

“The weather was obviously incredibly tricky for us all. “There was a lot of pressure for that last lap so there was a lot to risk but I gave it everything,” the Mercedes driver said.

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