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Hamilton beats Schumacher pole record in Monza chaos

Hamilton beats Schumacher pole record in Monza chaos

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton today became the driver with the most pole positions in the history of Formula 1, surpassing Michael Schumacher’s 68, being the fastest in an exciting classification marked by rain at the Italian Grand Prix. .

The triple world champion achieved his 69th pole position with the Mercedes in a thrilling final in which he beat the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. However, both the Dutchman and the Australian had been penalized for engine changes and will start from the bottom of the grid.

Thus, the one who will share the first line with Hamilton tomorrow will be Canadian Lance Stroll, from Williams. Frenchman Esteban Ocon will start third in his Force India, while fourth place will go to the other Mercedes, the Finn Valtteri Bottas.

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The Ferraris, meanwhile, disappointed at home. The German Sebastian Vettel, leader of the world championship, could barely be eighth, but will benefit from the sanctions and will start sixth, just behind the other red car, that of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Therefore, the chances of the “tifosi” celebrating Ferrari’s first victory at home since 2010, when Spaniard Fernando Alonso won, seem remote.

“I’m 69 now, I can’t believe it,” Hamilton said as soon as he got out of the car at Monza after endless qualifying that was interrupted for more than two and a half hours by rain.

«Italy, I love you. Although we are in the house of Ferrari, I appreciate all your support, “he added, heading to the stands after his eighth pole in 2017.” It is incredible to break this record on such a historic circuit and in such a beautiful country. I’ll celebrate tonight with some pasta.

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Q1 was interrupted four and a half minutes after it started, after an accident by Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who lost control of his Haas and hit the wall on a straight.

The stewards then raised the red flag and qualifying was suspended for two and a half hours, waiting for the track to dry. The restart was postponed up to ten times, in what was an exercise in patience for the competitors.

After the long break, the riders returned with tires of extreme rain, although after a few minutes, with the asphalt drying, almost all of them were already riding with intermediate.

However, just when the final run started, Q3, the storm returned and the riders had to remount the extreme rain tires. There the first ones who changed their tires benefited, like the Red Bulls, but Hamilton got his fastest lap when the checkered flag was already waving.

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The Briton is second in the championship seven points behind Vettel, whom he will surpass in the standings if he wins tomorrow – when the asphalt is expected to be dry – the thirteenth Grand Prix of the calendar.

“It wasn’t because of the wheels,” Vettel said when asked what went wrong. If I knew, I would say so. I am not happy with the result, but it is not a surprise either.

After the German, the Brazilian Felipe Massa and the Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne completed the “top ten” of the day.

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