Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton turned the primary System One driver to take 100 pole positions after lapping quickest for Mercedes in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.
The 36-year-old was already approach forward of the remaining within the report books, with retired Ferrari nice and fellow seven-times champion Michael Schumacher second on the all-time checklist of polesitters with 68.
The Briton whooped with delight over the crew radio as his engineer advised him the information.
“I really feel very humble, very grateful. I am ecstatic, prefer it’s my first,” mentioned Hamilton after the session at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.
Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen joined the championship-leading Briton, who has an eight-point lead after three races, on the entrance row with a time 0.036 seconds slower and one other wheel-to-wheel duel looming on Sunday.
Valtteri Bottas certified third for Mercedes, per week after the Finn took pole in Portugal.
Hamilton’s pole continued a exceptional run of Mercedes domination, with the champions taking the highest slot in each race on the Spanish circuit since now-retired Nico Rosberg started the sequence in 2013.
“I can not consider we’re at 100 and actually it is all the way down to the women and men again on the manufacturing unit who’re repeatedly elevating the bar and simply by no means giving up,” mentioned Hamilton, who shall be chasing a record-extending 98th automotiveeer win on Sunday.
“The help that I’ve, it has been a dream for me to work with these guys, and the journey that we have been on has been immense.”
Solely 5 constructors within the 71-year historical past of the game have racked up 100 poles or extra, and Hamilton’s milestone places him far forward even of Crimson Bull, who as a crew have up to now managed 64.
Hamilton, who took his first pole with McLaren in 2007, had set the quickest time of 1 minute 16.741 seconds together with his first flying lap of the ultimate section and was unable to enhance on it together with his second.
It had regarded like he had been slowed by Mexican Sergio Perez spinning his Crimson Bull forward however there have been no yellow warning flags.
Perez advised reporters afterwards that he had been fighting ache in his left shoulder that turned worse because the session, delayed 10 minutes for marshals to repair obstacles, wore on.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc certified fourth with Esteban Ocon fifth on the grid for Alpine forward of Ferrari’s Spaniard Automotivelos Sainz.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo will line up seventh for McLaren, one place forward of Perez, with McLaren’s Lando Norris qualifying ninth and Spaniard Fernando Alonso tenth for Alpine.
Norris had been quickest within the first section of qualifying, with Verstappen on prime within the second half with a shocking 1:16.922 lap.
Hamilton in the meantime made small changes to search out extra tempo and getting the “lazy” automotive to show as he needed earlier than the ultimate shootout.
“It is fairly gusty round right here so the wind modifications rather a lot,” mentioned Verstappen. “However however I believe second for us right here on this monitor was superb at this time. We all know they’re arduous to beat round right here however to be that shut, I might be blissful.”
No driver has gained from pole up to now this season however the Barcelona circuit rewards grid place greater than most, with the winner coming from pole 22 occasions in 30 races so far.
Hamilton has gained there 5 occasions, together with the final 4, and is chasing his third win of a season that has turn into a battle between him and Verstappen, who can also be celebrating his personal century of begins for Crimson Bull.
The 23-year-old triumphed on his crew debut in Barcelona in 2016, changing into at 18 the youngest ever race winner.
Additional down the grid, Williams’ George Russell made it by means of to the second section to take fifteenth on the grid.