Lewis Hamilton Breaks All-Time Record With 69th Career Pole Position
British racing superstar Lewis Hamilton has become the most successful qualifier in F1 history, breaking Michael Schumacher's pole position record in an italian GP qualifying session.
Hamilton was 1.148 seconds faster than Red Bull's Max Verstappen in second place, while title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari came eighth.
However, Vettel will start in sixth position because of grid penalties for Verstappen and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
The Red Bull pair will drop to the back rows of the field after multiple engine penalties. Force India's Esteban Ocon also starred and will start from a career-best third position.
Hamilton's stunning performance in the terrible weather puts him one up from Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher.
"I am so happy," Hamilton said. "To do this here in such a historic circuit and beautiful country, I am going to have some pasta tonight to celebrate."
The Mercedes driver's momentous achievement comes the day after he posted a heartfelt tribute to Princess Diana on his Instagram account.
The F1 star penned a poem entitled 'England's Rose' to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Diana's death.
The poem reads:
"The day we lost our Nations Rose
Tears we cried like rivers flowed,
The earth stood still
As we laid her to rest,
A day you & I
Will never forget
The people's princess
Who came to see,
The love from a Country
We'd hope she'd lead,
Captured in one sweet soul,
Carried the torch
God rest her soul,
With the gift she had
She'd light up the way,
With a smile to show us a brighter day,
Hearts still full
of the love she gave,
20 years since she laid in her grave
There will never be another like you,
Now a shinning star in the midnight sky
I will always remember you,
As our sweet nations Rose"
Since being posted yesterday, Hamilton's poem has received almost half a million likes and thousands of comments.
One user commented "Such beautiful words to one True Lady," while another joked, "By Lewis Hamilton Year 6."
Either way it's a touching tribute from one of the great sporting heroes of our time.
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