Hamil­ton smashes track record

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

FOR­MULA One leader Lewis Hamil­ton smashed the Suzuka track record yes­ter­day to seize pole po­si­tion for the Ja­panese Grand Prix with Fer­rari ri­val Se­bas­tian Vettel lin­ing up along­side him on the front row.

Red Bull pair Daniel Ric­cia­rdo and Max Ver­stap­pen will start to­day’s race from third and fourth on the grid.

Mercedes’ Hamil­ton pro­duced a stun­ning fastest lap of 1min 27.319sec for his first pole at the 5.8km track and 71st of his ca­reer. The time shat­tered Michael Schu­macher’s pre- vi­ous out­right best at the cir­cuit by 1.6 sec­onds.

“In­cred­i­ble. Every lap was fan­tas­tic,” Hamil­ton said.

“It’s my first time. I’m run­ning out of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get this pole, so I was like, ‘I’ve got to make sure I make it stick to­day.’”

His team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas was sec­ond quick­est, 0.332 sec­onds adrift, but dropped five places due to an un­sched­uled gear­box change.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.