It feels like Lewis Hamilton is still fairly new to F1 but the Brit is now in his tenth year, and is already making his mark on the record books.
It’s now been four years since it was confirmed that Hamilton was leaving McLaren for Mercedes, and most of us were thinking he’d killed his career. As we now know, it turned out to be an inspired move and the Silver Arrows have completely dominated F1 since 2014, only failing to win 7 races since the start of the ‘turbo hybrid era.’
Qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix showed if anything that Mercedes are just getting further ahead of the pack, with Hamilton and Nico Rosberg screwing up their hot laps and still managing to lock-out the front row by quite the margin.
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Hamilton’s lap was just 0.268 seconds shy of the fastest ever lap of the Sepang International Circuit set by Fernando Alonso in the beastly Renault R25 with a 3.0 litre V10 engine but perhaps the most impressive (or daunting) stat is that was the 100th time the reigning world champion has made it onto the front row of the grid.
Only Michael Schumacher has scored more with 116, and no one really comes close to that, with Ayrton Senna achieving 87 in his career, one more than his fierce rival Alain Prost.
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With plenty of years left in him, Hamilton will surely have the all-time pole position record in his sights. The Brit is currently third in the all-time list with 56 behind Ayrton Senna (65) and Michael Schumacher (68).