Lewis Hamilton admitted he still had to “pinch myself” when reflecting on the scale of his ever-growing F1 achievements after claiming a landmark 90th pole position at the Hungarian GP.
Hamilton secured his second pole in as many weeks – and his seventh in total at the Hungaroring – after beating team-mate and title rival Valtteri Bottas by a tenth of a second in a closely-fought duel amid a Mercedes-dominated Budapest weekend.
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Hamilton has held F1’s pole record since he surpassed Michael Schumacher’s previous benchmark of 68 in 2017 and is now just 10 away from becoming the first driver to reach three figures.
3:54 Lewis Hamilton says he felt humbled after claiming the 90th pole of his career in Hungary, ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll in third.
“I just have to pinch myself, it doesn’t register,” said Hamilton.
“It’s quite humbling to be honest because I get to work with an incredible group of people, who without I wouldn’t have the opportunity to do so. So massively thankful to everyone back home and everyone here who does such an amazing job.
“Valtteri doesn’t make it easy for me at all so it requires absolute perfection when doing laps and qualifying like that is one of the things I enjoy most.”
With the W11 in a league of its own this weekend, Hamilton added: “It was really nicely hooked up today, and not far off the rails.”
Who has the most poles in F1 history?
|1. Lewis Hamilton||90|
|2. Michael Schumacher||68|
|3. Ayrton Senna||65|
|4. Sebastian Vettel||57|
|5. Jim Clark||33|
|5. Alain Prost||33|
With seven Hungarian poles matching his wins record at the circuit, Hamilton has now set himself up at a shot at matching another of Schumacher’s records on Sunday – winning the same Grand Prix eight times.
“It’s a long run down to Turn One, so nothing is a given here,” said the six-time champion. “We’ve just got to do the work this evening and ultimately I’ve got to deliver on the start. It is quite a long race.