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Sport Lewis Hamilton POLL: Will Brit seal 100th pole position in Portugal? Who will win? VOTE

04:30  27 april  2021
04:30  27 april  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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Lewis Hamilton faces arguably the strongest challenge yet to his dominance at the front of the F1 pack, but can he overcome the charging Max Verstappen to claim his 100 th pole position at the Portuguese Grand Prix this weekend? Already it looks like the championship title battle will come down to Verstappen and Hamilton , with it now standing at one a piece for the two drivers. With just a single point separating the two drivers in the standings, round three heads to Portugal once again, with all eyes firmly set on for what could be a season-long championship duel.

Lewis Hamilton tamed the Portimao roller coaster to start his bid to become Formula One’s most victorious driver from pole position in Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix. After drawing level with Michael Schumacher’s all-time tally in Germany a fortnight ago, Hamilton stands on the brink of sporting The Briton sealed his passage through to Q2, lapping a full second faster than his team-mate, before finishing 14th, one spot ahead of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. The German, who will head to Aston Martin in 2021, starts Sunday’s race 13th in the championship, a staggering

Lewis Hamilton faces arguably the strongest challenge yet to his dominance at the front of the F1 pack, but can he overcome the charging Max Verstappen to claim his 100th pole position at the Portuguese Grand Prix this weekend?

He's broken pretty much every record put in front of him, and this season is looking to become the most decorated driver in F1 history, if he can win an unprecedented eighth world title, overtaking Michael Schumacher.

However, it doesn't look to be going all Hamilton's way this season, with the reinvigorated, and let's face it, faster than Mercedes, Red Bull, led firmly to the watering hole by Max Verstappen.

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Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position for the Portuguese Grand Prix from team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a thrilling end to an unusual qualifying. Hamilton and Bottas ran theoretically slower medium tyres to set their times and a key strategy call by the Briton could have made the difference. Hamilton will be on pole for the 97th time in his career at Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix. Bottas had appeared to have the edge on Hamilton through the weekend, but as so often the six-time champion came good at the end when it mattered. In the final session, the Mercedes drivers ran the soft tyres at the start of

World championship leader Lewis Hamilton roared to the 72nd pole position of his record-breaking career on Saturday and then forecast that he is unlikely to clinch his fourth world title in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix. The 32-year-old Briton , who can take the championship if he wins for Mercedes and title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari fails to finish in the top five, claimed his 11 th pole of the season with a crushing display of pure speed. "I think it's highly unlikely it's going to be the case here," said Hamilton .

Already it looks like the championship title battle will come down to Verstappen and Hamilton, with it now standing at one a piece for the two drivers.

With just a single point separating the two drivers in the standings, round three heads to Portugal once again, with all eyes firmly set on for what could be a season-long championship duel.

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After finishing second to Verstappen after a rain-affected Emilia Romagna GP, Hamilton said: "I think this is really the first time in a long time that Red Bull have had a championship-winning car.

"So I think it's going to be close all the way through the year - and it's just going to be, hopefully, more and more of these battles."

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Lewis Hamilton survived a late scare in qualifying to take pole position in front of team-mate Nico Rosberg at Silverstone for Sunday's British Grand Prix. The world champion saw his initial lap time deleted in qualifying three after running wide off the circuit, but recovered to comfortably claim top spot on his final run - three tenths quicker than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. It only looked like Hamilton ran wide at Luffield, but the folks with more data than me don't appear to have a problem with it so the Brit will start in front of his team-mate for the British Grand Prix.

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Compared to Hamilton's seven titles, Verstappen is the underdog heading into the 2021 season, however for the first time ever in his career could take the lead of the world championship this weekend, if he beats Hamilton again on Sunday.

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"It's great to be fighting against Lewis, Mercedes who, I think, as a team, they have been so dominant and they're very difficult to beat," said Verstappen.

"So to be able to sit here now, now two races in a row, we were very, very competitive, that's very promising but no guarantees.

"It's a very long season. We just have to keep on working very hard. I'm very happy with the result, of course, but that's today. I'm of course going to be happy about today, but tomorrow we start again.

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"We have to keep improving because there's still a lot of work to be able to keep doing this the whole season."

F1 heats up now with five races over the next seven weeks with a bumper 23-race season.

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