Hamilton is the primary Formulation One driver to succeed in a century of pole positions. (Getty Photographs)
BARCELONA: World champion Lewis Hamilton celebrated his one centesimal pole on Saturday after setting the quickest time in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver’s newest milestone places him 32 away from Michael Schumacher within the all-time pole chart and leaves him in prime place to safe a record-extending 98th win in Sunday’s race.
“I am going to all the time keep in mind that one,” he beamed.
Alongside the 36-year-old Briton on the entrance row in Barcelona might be his Crimson Bull title rival Max Verstappen.
Hamilton reached his century 14 years after securing his maiden pole within the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007, which he went on to win to take step one on the highway to changing into Formulation One’s most profitable driver.
He drew stage and overtook Schumacher’s file haul of 91 wins final season and leads the drivers’ standings this season as he goes for an unprecedented eighth world crown.
Verstappen, eight factors behind Hamilton within the nip and tuck battle for the drivers’ crown after the primary three races, finally has a automobile as much as the job of mounting a critical title problem.
The Dutch driver acquired to inside 0.036sec to Hamilton’s quickest lap on Saturday to hitch him on the head of the Montmelo circuit grid, with Valtteri Bottas within the second Mercedes and Charles Leclerc for Ferrari on the second row.
Hamilton has an excellent file in Catalonia, profitable the race in every of the final 4 years with 5 wins altogether.
Within the all-time polesetter’s league, Hamilton’s childhood hero, the late Ayrton Senna, is in third place with 65, then comes Sebastian Vettel on 57 with Jim Clark and Alain Prost on 33 apiece.