By Kyle Matthew Uy
Seven-time Formula One champion broke another record last Saturday at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya on the qualifying day of the Spanish GP. Hamilton took his 100th F1 career pole.
Schumacher is now 32 pole positions ahead of seven-time F1 champion and racing legend Michael Schumacher who has 68 pole positions, three more than the late Ayrton Senna’s 65 poles.
Swiss watch brand IWC Schaffhausen offered its congratulations to Hamilton last May 6 as well on being awarded the Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year Award at the 22nd edition of the Laureus World Sports Awards. Hamilton is also an IWC brand ambassador and he received the award during that evening’s virtual awards ceremony which was presented from the Spanish city of Seville.
IWC is Mercedes F1 Team’s timepiece sponsor and has been a longstanding partner of Laureus Sport for Good since 2005.
According to the jurors, this award celebrates the work of athletes who have harnessed their power and influence as elite sportsmen and women to bring change to the world around them and who have inspired a new generation to tackle inequality and injustice.
Saturday’s qualifying also marked the 129th pole position for Mercedes in Formula One, overtaking Williams F1 team as the third most successful team for pole positions.
Hamilton said, “I was behind the whole way through qualifying and making small tweaks to find pace. I just can’t believe we’re at 100 – it’s down to the women and men back at the factory who are continuously raising the bar and never giving up. It’s a dream to work with them, what a journey! Who would have thought when we started out together at the end of 2012 that we’d be celebrating 100 poles!? I feel so humbled and very grateful for all their work. It feels just like my first! I’ll always remember that one.”
Toto Wolff, team principal & CEO of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, said:
“I’m not one for statistics but 100 pole positions is a pretty impressive milestone! I told Lewis on the radio that it was quite an okay lap, but of course it was a little bit more than that. It looked like Max and Red Bull had a big advantage in Q2, but we kept chipping away at it and in the end, the top three drivers were covered by a tenth of a second; exactly how we want it to be in F1, battling for every thousandth of a second. Both Lewis and Valtteri did a fantastic job in those final laps, and when it’s such tiny margins, every detail makes a difference. Looking ahead to tomorrow, we have the advantage of two cars on the clean side of the grid, and both drivers in the top three; that will provide us a strategic opportunity, and we need to make the most of it for the race.”