The Next Milestone – And What A Milestone!
Formula 1 record world champion Lewis Hamilton has taken the 100th pole position of his career in Barcelona. (Formula 1: Barcelona Grand Prix on Sunday from 3pm in LIVETICKER)
“I can’t believe it’s already at number 100,” said Hamilton, who achieved his first pole position in his first year in 2007: “But I give it to the people at the plant to support me. Now we are very big. When I came to Mercedes in 2013, I would not have thought it possible. I am just grateful. “
In the pole leaderboard, Hamilton is clearly ahead of Formula 1 veterans Michael Schumacher (68) and Ayrton Senna (65). The 36-year-old debuted from first place in Canada in 2007.
Hamilton defeated Verstappen and Bottas
The Mercedes driver prevailed over Max Verstappen in Red Bull to qualify for the Spanish Grand Prix and his silver arrow teammate Valtteri Bottas. 0.036 seconds separated the British from the Dutch Challenger.
Valteri Bottas should prove a tactical advantage for Mercedes in the race on Sunday. Finn starts third from the second line and can put pressure on Verstappen early. His teammate Sergio Perez disappointed in eighth place.
Verstappen, who celebrated his first eleven wins in the premier class five years ago, was still not satisfied. “Second place is very good for us. We know that it is difficult to defeat Mercedes,” he said.
Leaders Hamilton and Verstappen are only eight points into the World Championship standings, with the Englishman now taking his second pole position in the fourth race of the season. (Service: Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship)
Vettel and Aston Martin disappoint
For Sebastian Vettel it was enough for only 13th place at Aston Martin, and his teammate Lance Stroke was only marginally quicker than eleven-ranked Heppenheimer and also failed in Q2.
“I think we were very close to the previous qualifying section,” Vettel said Sky And showed himself combative: “Tomorrow the card will be shuffled. But it will be difficult, position is important in qualification.”
The four-time world champion’s hopes were not met through upgrades on his Aston Martin underbody and good impressions on Friday. (Formula 1 racing calendar)
Schumacher is confident in Haas
On the other hand, Mick Schumacher was confident in the defeated Haas in the 18th place.
Once again, F1 icon Michael Schumacher’s son was able to leave Canadian Nicholas Latifi behind in the more upscale Williams. Schumacher’s teammate Nikita Mazepin (Russia) was about seven tenths slower than the German.
Schumacher said, “We managed a very good lap. I’m very happy. We tried to get more grip on the front axle, we were successful. The team did a great job with the car.”
Schumacher’s last successful maneuver was against Latifi in Portugal. On Sunday, he will have to leave Latifi behind for the entire duration of the race. Given Haas’s pace shown in training, this will not be an easy task.
With Sports Information Services (SID)