By Robert Haile
The Mercedes driver and seven times champion reached another milestone in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix today, May 8.
Already the driver with the most pole positions Lewis Hamilton made it to 100 as he looks to make it eight championships.
Record breaker Hamilton said: “I was behind the whole way through qualifying and making small tweaks to find pace. I just can’t believe we’re at 100 – it’s down to the women and men back at the factory who are continuously raising the bar and never giving up. It’s a dream to work with them, what a journey.
“Who would have thought when we started out together at the end of 2012 that we’d be celebrating 100 poles?
“I feel so humbled and very grateful for all their work. It feels just like my first. I’ll always remember that one.”
It was a quiet first session for the Mercedes driver coming ninth to make it to the second qualifying session while McLaren’s Lando Norris almost didn’t before pulling out the fastest lap of the session.
Hamilton was back into the top three as Max Verstappen, in his hundredth race, was quickest as both Aston Martin’s drivers went out.
Then the top ten shootout in the third and final qualifying session had everything as Sergio Perez spun spraying gravel onto the track.
Looking to hunt down the Mercedes drivers, Verstappen positioned himself behind the competition as they headed into the final minutes.
Sadly for the Red Bull driver he missed out by 0.03 of a second as he split the Mercedes drivers in first and third.
Ferrari continued its fight for third as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were split by Alpine’s Esteban Ocon in fifth as Daniel Ricciardo out qualified McLaren teammate Norris with Red Bull’s Perez separating them eighth with Fernando Alonso in tenth for Alpine.
Q1 – Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Kimi Räikkonen (Alfa Romeo), Mick Schumacher (Haas), Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
Q2 – Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Pierre Gastly (AlphaTauri), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), George Russell (Williams)
Q3 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Lando Norris (McLaren), Fernando Alonso (Alpine)