F1 Raceweek: Hamilton primed to extend championship lead?
Not since the opening race in Australia had Lewis Hamilton taken pole, but after Saturday’s fine showing in qualifying he will have that honour again at the Spanish Grand Prix.
It is a race where the pole-sitter often wins – it has happened on 20 of the previous 27 occasions – and, fresh from his victory in Azerbaijan, the Mercedes driver will be confident of maximum points again.
But team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel were sufficiently close to Hamilton’s track-record lap of 1:16.173 to give the Briton some cause for concern.
He won at this track in 2017, though, and with Mercedes locking out on the front row, Hamilton can hope for some assistance in keeping Vettel at bay.
The 33-year-old, who sealed his 74th career pole, leads the German by four points in the world championship standings, but will be expecting to see that advantage extended on Sunday.
74th career pole
Third pole in a row in Spain
New track record
A fine day indeed for @LewisHamilton