7-time planet winner Lewis Hamilton turned the initial Method Just one driver to take 100 pole positions immediately after lapping fastest for Mercedes in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.

The 36-yr-outdated was previously way ahead of the rest in the file books, with retired Ferrari wonderful and fellow 7-times winner Michael Schumacher next on the all-time listing of polesitters with sixty eight.

The Briton whooped with delight in excess of the group radio as his engineer explained to him the information.

“I feel very humble, very grateful. I’m ecstatic, like it is really my initial,” reported Hamilton immediately after the session at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen joined the championship-foremost Briton, who has an eight-place direct immediately after a few races, on the entrance row with a time .036 seconds slower and an additional wheel-to-wheel duel looming on Sunday.

Valtteri Bottas qualified third for Mercedes, a week immediately after the Finn took pole in Portugal.

Hamilton’s pole ongoing a extraordinary operate of Mercedes domination, with the champions using the best slot in every single race at the Spanish circuit because now-retired Nico Rosberg commenced the sequence in 2013.

“I won’t be able to imagine we are at 100 and really it is really down to the men and ladies again at the manufacturing facility who are repeatedly increasing the bar and just by no means offering up,” reported Hamilton, who will be chasing a file-extending 98th career gain on Sunday.

“The aid that I have, it is really been a aspiration for me to perform with these men, and the journey that we have been on has been enormous.”

Only 5 constructors in the seventy one-yr history of the sport have racked up 100 poles or much more, and Hamilton’s milestone places him far ahead even of Red Bull, who as a group have so far managed 64.


Hamilton, who took his initial pole with McLaren in 2007, had established the fastest time of a single minute sixteen.741 seconds with his initial flying lap of the last stage and was not able to increase on it with his next.

It had looked like he had been slowed by Mexican Sergio Perez spinning his Red Bull ahead but there have been no yellow warning flags.

Perez explained to reporters afterwards that he had been having difficulties with pain in his left shoulder that turned worse as the session, delayed ten minutes for marshals to repair limitations, wore on.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc qualified fourth with Esteban Ocon fifth on the grid for Alpine ahead of Ferrari’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo will line up seventh for McLaren, a single spot ahead of Perez, with McLaren’s Lando Norris qualifying ninth and Spaniard Fernando Alonso 10th for Alpine.

Norris had been fastest in the initial stage of qualifying, with Verstappen on best in the next portion with a amazing 1:sixteen.922 lap.

Hamilton meanwhile made modest changes to obtain much more tempo and receiving the “lazy” car to transform as he required before the last shootout.

“It is fairly gusty around below so the wind alterations a lot,” reported Verstappen. “But even so I think next for us below on this monitor was very fantastic currently. We know they are difficult to conquer around below but to be that close, I can be content.”

No driver has won from pole so far this season but the Barcelona circuit rewards grid place much more than most, with the winner coming from pole 22 times in thirty races to day.

Hamilton has won there 5 times, which includes the last four, and is chasing his third gain of a season that has develop into a fight amongst him and Verstappen, who is also celebrating his possess century of commences for Red Bull.

The 23-yr-outdated triumphed on his group debut in Barcelona in 2016, turning out to be at eighteen the youngest at any time race winner.

Additional down the grid, Williams’ George Russell made it by way of to the next stage to take 15th on the grid.