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Britain achieves the milestone during qualifying for Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has notched up another record, claiming his 100th Formula One pole position during today’s qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

With the milestone, the Mercedes-Benz driver extends his own record-breaking run - he passed Michael Schumacher’s tally of 68 poles back in 2017 at the Italian GP. Hamilton has achieved his remarkable statistic with 270 race entries.

It had looked like arch-rival Max Verstappen might have rained on his parade, as the Dutchman set a blistering time in Q2 that was a couple of tenths up on either of the Mercedes drivers at that stage. But as so often with Hamilton, he put in the lap time when it was needed, setting a 16.741 time during the first part of Q3, which no other driver could better for the rest of the session.

Red Bull’s Verstappen lines up second on the grid, with Hamilton’s team-mate Valteri Bottas third. It was a remarkably tight qualifying session, with drivers missing out on making the cut by the narrowest of margins. Lando Norris and George Russell, the other Britons in the race, are 10th and 15th respectively.

The century of pole positions is another remarkable record in Hamilton’s career. He already has seven F1 world titles (equalling Schumacher’s record) and is aiming for an eighth this year.

Hamilton is approaching 100 GP victories (he’s currently on 97, six ahead of Schumacher), he has the most podium finishes, most laps led, most wins at one venue (tied with Schumacher), most poles at one venue (tied with Schumacher and Ayrton Senna), fastest ever qualifying lap (164.267mph at last year’s Italian GP). Even stats as obscure as most races in which he has led at least one lap are owned by the British driver.


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Kyle R 10 May 2021

Lewis did have one pole position dsq'd.  I think it was because he had less than a liter of fuel left at the end of the run?  It was said, he had beaten the field so convincingly that the 1/2 lb weight difference would not have changed the result.  But rules are rules and the pole position was taken away.  Whatever the Official number of poles, I always remember that Lewis has one more than that.

Peter Cavellini 8 May 2021

Sabre@, I whole heartedly agree, but there are some extremely well known Celebs who aren't as nice as the public persona, that's only natural, we aren't all smiley happy all the time, are we?

LateKnight 8 May 2021

Peter, it's not 13 consecutive years. You've not researched this very well, plucked a random number out of the air maybe?  2011 polesitter was a Redbull Renault. 2012 Was a Williams Renault (Pastor Maldonado - incredible to think of now). Lewis in a Mclaren Mercedes was fastest in Q3 but subsequently disqualified for a fuel irregularty. True every year since 2013 was a Mercedes but that's 9 years including this year.