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I think and pray for Michael all the time – Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton set the 68th pole position of his F1 career as he finished fastest in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday. He has now equaled the seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher’s all-time record in the process.

Triple-time F1 world champion, Hamilton will start his 200th Grand Prix on pole position.

An emotional Lewis Hamilton is greeted by Ross Brawn ahead of the post-qualifying interviews, Brawn’s message from the Schumacher family was as follows: “They want to congratulate you on equalling Michael’s record, and as Michael always said – records are there to be beaten.”

“It is special,” Hamilton admitted. “To hear the message that Ross just gave I have to say a big thank you.

“I think and pray for Michael all the time. I’ve had the privilege of racing with him and always admired him and still to do.

“I’m just honoured to be up there with him now in the poles but he will still be one of the greatest of all time.”

“I can’t believe it,” Hamilton added. “I have to say a big thankyou to my team. The team have done an amazing job.

“To be up here ahead of the Ferrari is an amazing feeling. This is one of my favourite circuits so to come here and put a lap together like that is a dream. I’ve got the best job in the world.”

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