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Sport Hamilton takes 100th career pole position

02:05  09 may  2021
02:05  09 may  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

Red Bull Boss: Hamilton wants "Do not accept opposition"

 Red Bull Boss: Hamilton wants Helmut Marko explains Max Stapen to the first challenger of the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. First reactions are already visible to Hamilton. © Provided by sport1.de Red-Bull Boss: Hamilton wants "Do not accept opposition" Helmut Marko, Motorsport Advisor to the Formula 1 Rennstall's Red Bull, Max Stappen explained the first challenger of the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.


a close up of a motorcycle: Lewis Hamilton drives his Mercedes during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain. © Formula 1 via Getty Images Lewis Hamilton drives his Mercedes during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain.


Lewis Hamilton reached another Formula One milestone on Saturday when the British driver steered his way to a record-extending 100th pole position.

Hamilton powered his Mercedes to the top time in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix with a flying lap that beat out top rival Max Verstappen by just 0.03 seconds.

That smidgen of a second could translate into a big edge come Sunday. Hamilton will aim to maintain his dominance of the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit and increase the eight-point advantage he has over Verstappen following three races.

Bottas denies Hamilton 100th pole in Portugal

  Bottas denies Hamilton 100th pole in Portugal Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Portuguese Grand Prix with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton completing a Mercedes front-row lockout in qualifying on Saturday. Hamilton's pursuit of a 100th pole at the track where last year he notched up his record 92nd win was delayed when Bottas earned the 17th of his career. "It's a good feeling to be on pole," said Bottas after a final qualifying session lap of 1min 18.348sec. He added:Hamilton's pursuit of a 100th pole at the track where last year he notched up his record 92nd win was delayed when Bottas earned the 17th of his career.

"Great job! That was hard work," Hamilton told his team over the radio after shouting out to celebrate hitting the century mark.

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was right behind in third, followed by Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Esteban Ocon in his Alpine.

Hamilton said that the 100th gives him the same satisfaction and rush as the first one did back in 2007, when he raced for McLaren. He has won 74 poles since joining Mercedes in 2013.

"The 100 mark, I don't think anyone, not even me, thought that I would get to that number," Hamilton said. "But I think about all the people who have helped me, all the men and women in the factories who continually raise the bar.

"It is crazy that it has been 100, but it felt like one of the first, and for me that is special. And we are so close. That is what excites me."

gets Vettel the first points?

 gets Vettel the first points? Who wins the third season race of Formula 1 in Portimao? Valtteri Bottas starts from the pole, Sebastian Vettel wants to continue his upward trend. © Provided by sport1.de brings Vettel the first points? The mood at Mercedes should be omitted before the Grand Prix of Portugal. "We both stand in front of Max, we have to be happy," Hamilton said after qualifying.

a close up of Lewis Hamilton: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton celebrates in parc ferme at the F1 Grand Prix of Spain. © Formula 1 via Getty Images Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton celebrates in parc ferme at the F1 Grand Prix of Spain.


Verstappen said he had to be pleased by being so close to Hamilton's Mercedes, but he admitted that starting behind Hamilton will make victory tough.

"We know how hard it is to overtake and follow close here, but I am always optimistic and positive that we can do a good race, and I hope that it is as close as today," Verstappen said.

A Mercedes has won pole at the 4.6-kilometer (2.9-mile) Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit every year since 2013, including front-row lockouts in each of those years except for 2017. Hamilton has now taken six of those poles.

Hamilton's milestone increases the distance between his mark and Michael Schumacher's 68 poles in second place all-time.

It is promising to be a season full of milestones for the 36-year-old Hamilton.

It appears to be just a matter of weeks before Hamilton also hits 100 grand prix victories. On Sunday, he will be aiming for a 98th career victory — on a track where he was won for the past four years. He broke Schumacher's record of 91 wins last year.

view in the wrong moment: That's what Lewis Hamilton's Re-Start

 view in the wrong moment: That's what Lewis Hamilton's Re-Start © Motorsport Images Max Stappen went past the Safety Car at Lewis Hamilton that Lewis Hamilton in Portimao would be his 97th Grand Prix victory, then It did not look at the beginning of the race. Because in the re-start after the safety car, the Mercedes pilot of Max was overrun and lost its second place to the Dutcher in Kurve 1. A look at the wrong moment should be guilty according to Hamilton.

And then he will try for the biggest prize of all: surpassing Schumacher's record of seven world championships that he equalled last season.

Verstappen, however, also has good memories from the Spanish GP where he got his maiden win at age 18 in 2016.

Red Bull has closed the gap with Mercedes, with Verstappen and Hamilton finished either first or second in all three races this year. Hamilton won the season opener in Bahrain and last week's race in Portugal. Verstappen won the season's second race in Italy.

Verstappen's partner, Sergio Pérez, had the only mishap in an otherwise clean qualifying session. He lost control of his Red Bull and slid backward off the track, smoke belching from the tires.

Pérez managed the eighth-best time, right behind Carlos Sainz in his Ferrari and McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo.

McLaren's other driver, Lando Norris, will start from ninth. Norris is the surprise of the season and is in a distant third place in the standings.

Alpine's Fernando Alonso will close out the top 10 on the starting grid in the Spaniard's first home race since 2018.

View in the wrong moment: That's what Lewis Hamilton's re-start

 View in the wrong moment: That's what Lewis Hamilton's re-start © Motorsport Images Max Stapen went after the Safety Car at Lewis Hamilton over that Lewis Hamilton in Portimao would be his 97th Grand Prix victory , After that it did not look at the beginning of the race. Because in the re-start after the safety car, the Mercedes pilot of Max was overrun and lost its second place to the Dutcher in Kurve 1. A look at the wrong moment should be guilty according to Hamilton.

a truck that is sitting on a table: Daniel Ricciardo drives his McLaren during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain. © Getty Daniel Ricciardo drives his McLaren during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain.


F1 SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING RESULTS

1. Lewis Hamilton, Great Britain, Mercedes, 1 minute, 16.741 seconds.

2. Max Verstappen, Netherlands, Red Bull Racing, 1:16.777.

3. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Mercedes, 1:16.873.

4. Charles Leclerc, Monaco, Ferrari, 1:17.510.

5. Esteban Ocon, France, Alpine, 1:17.580.

6. Carlos Sainz Jr, Spain, Ferrari, 1:17.620.

7. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, McLaren, 1:17.622.

8. Sergio Perez, Mexico, Red Bull Racing, 1:17.701.

9. Lando Norris, Great Britain, McLaren, 1:18.010.

10. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Alpine, 1:18.147.

Eliminated after second session

11. Lance Stroll, Canada, Aston Martin, 1:17.974.

12. Pierre Gasly, France, Alphatauri, 1:17.982.

13. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Aston Martin, 1:18.079.

14. Antonio Giovinazzi, Italy, Alfa Romeo Racing, 1:18.356.

15. George Russell, Great Britain, Williams, 1:19.154.

Eliminated after first session

16. Yuki Tsunoda, Japan, Alphatauri, 1:18.556.

17. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Alfa Romeo Racing, 1:18.917.

18. Mick Schumacher, Germany, Haas F1 Team, 1:19.117.

19. Nicholas Latifi, Canada, Williams, 1:19.219.

20. Nikita Mazepin, Russia, Haas F1 Team, 1:19.807.

MOST F1 POLE POSITIONS

100. Lewis Hamilton, Britain (x)

68. Michael Schumacher, Germany

65. Ayrton Senna, Brazil

57. Sebastian Vettel, Germany (x)

33. Jim Clark, Britain

33. Alain Prost, France

32. Nigel Mansell, Britain

30. Nico Rosberg, Germany

29. Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentina

26. Mika Hakkinen, Finland

24. Niki Lauda, Austria

24. Nelson Piquet, Brazil

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