Lewis Hamilton recorded the best time of the qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix this Saturday. This is the 100th pole for the British Mercedes driver, who will start Sunday afternoon ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.
For 36 thousandths of a second, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) recorded the 100th pole of his career in Formula 1. The seven-time British world champion set the fastest time (1: 16.741) of the qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix , which will start on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Barcelona track.
“I can’t believe I’m reaching 100 poles, reacted the 36-year-old star after qualifying. It obviously comes down to all the people who work at the factory to raise the bar ever higher. It is a dream for me to work with these people. Who could have imagined that I would one day expect this number? I am very grateful, and also happy, as if it was my first pole “.
His great rival Max Verstappen, in great shape since the start of the weekend, set the second fastest time behind the wheel of his Red Bull (1: 16.777). Valtteri Bottas, who had to respond to rumors of a mid-season replacement earlier in the week, placed 3rd, at +0.132. At his side in the second row: the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, first driver under minute 17.
Ocon in good shape, disappointment for Gasly
Frenchman Esteban Ocon had a good performance, placing his Alpine single-seater in third row. He will be 5th, next to the other Ferrari, that of Carlos Sainz. Behind them, the duel at McLaren turned to the advantage of Daniel Ricciardo (7th), while Lando Norris was classified 9th.
Still struggling with his Red Bull, to the point of going off the track in his penultimate attempt, Sergio Pérez was placed in 8th place. Pierre Gasly also disappointed. It is the first time of the season that he does not qualify for the last part of qualifying.
The result of the qualifications: