Lewis Hamilton closes in on historic records as he qualifies on pole for Formula 1 Tuscan Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton continued to close in on an historic 100th pole position as he powered to the 95th pole of his career at the Tuscan Grand Prix on Saturday.

The record-seeking six-time world champion headed into Saturday’s qualifying session having failed to top any of the three practice sessions staged at Mugello.

Hamilton is chasing Michael Schumacher’s all-time race wins record

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Hamilton is chasing Michael Schumacher’s all-time race wins record

But, as he so often does, Hamilton saved his best for the crunch, edging out Valtteri Bottas by just 0.059 seconds as Mercedes secured another front-row lockout.

He will start as the favourite to extend his 47-point championship lead over Bottas by winning for the 90th time, and moving to within just one of Michael Schumacher’s all-time victory record.

Max Verstappen was unable to take the challenge to Mercedes – the Dutchman finishing third, 0.365 sec behind Hamilton – with his Red Bull team-mate Alexander Albon fourth.

Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and 14th respectively at Ferrari’s 1,000th Grand Prix.

He is also closing in on his 100th pole

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He is also closing in on his 100th pole

“It has been a really tough weekend,” said Hamilton.

“This track is phenomenal but really challenging, too.

“Valtteri was quicker than me all day yesterday and this morning but I have worked so hard in the background to try and improve on my lines and the setup. Finally, I got the lap that I needed.”

Pierre Gasly was the surprise winner at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix but the Frenchman was brought back down to earth here after he was knocked out in Q1. He finished 16th.





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