Hamilton claims 100th pole at Spanish Grand Prix

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Hamilton claims 100th pole at Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton secured the 100th pole of his career at the Spanish GP qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton is chasing a record-breaking eighth series championship after reaching seven in the previous, coronavirus-hit season.

The Mercedes driver is the first to have reached such a milestone, as he approaches an indisputable place as the finest driver of all time.

Hamilton finished ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in second, with his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas in third. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took fourth.

Hamilton currently leads the Formula 1 standings with two Grand Prix wins for 69 points, eight ahead of Verstappen. He has opened negotiations with his Mercedes team over extending his stay, after signing a single-year contract at the start of the campaign.

Michael Schumacher, with who he shares the championship record, holds 68 poles, and Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna has 63 to his name, while his closest British rival, Nigel Mansell, has 32 poles.

“I feel very humble and very grateful. I’m ecstatic, like it’s my first,” said Hamilton after the session at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

“I can’t believe we’re at 100 and it’s down to the men and women back at the factory who are continuously raising the bar and never giving up,” said Hamilton, who will be chasing a record-extending 98th career win on Sunday.

“The support that I have, it’s a dream for me to work with these guys and the journey that we have been on has been immense.”