Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Formula One: Hamilton equals Schumacher record with 68th pole

Formula One: Hamilton equals Schumacher record with 68th pole

"I don't think he wants to be my team-mate".

"I am here to deliver a special message from the Schumacher family who want to congratulate you on equalling Michael's record", said Brawn.

Hamilton started the 2017 season third on the all-time pole position list, but he tied Ayrton Senna for second when he qualified first for the 65th time in his career at the Canadian Grand Prix, and surpassed him the following round.

Schumacher Jnr will drive a Benetton B194, the auto in which his dad won six of the first seven races before, controversially, beating Damon Hill to the championship in Adelaide.

Immediately after the race he suggested the safety vehicle deployment had been a bit "like NASCAR where they keep pulling out the safety cars for no reason".

Mercedes were denied a one-two as Vettel sandwiched himself in between Hamilton and Bottas, who finished ahead of the German's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen. "It would be great to score a good result here and it is a track that has been good to this team previously".

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"I guess they (the stewards) wanted to see a race, so that's for sure the reason they did that because there was hardly any debris", he said. "He wouldn't be in the position he is now in his team, in terms of how the team operates, if he was here".

"It's a no-brainer as it stands for next year to continue with Valtteri", the Austrian told reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix after Ferrari confirmed Sebastian Vettel had signed a three-year contract extension.

Hamilton produced a sensational final lap in Q3, with his time of 1:42.553 being a new record on this configuration of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. He trails Vettel (202 points) by 14 points in the world championship and will be looking to narrow the gap today with nine races remaining. "It is a good way of working but obviously I am not the one who decides". My commitment to the team - you would think after 200 races that your passion or desire to win might fade but it's stronger than ever.

"Sebastian put up a great fight, but this is what I came here to do and I did it".

Hamilton also hailed Schumacher in a subsequent tweet, in which he wrote: "I'm honoured to have raced with you".

"He was waiting for me to, I didn't".

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