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Hamilton equals pole positions record at Spa // Busy session sees Lewis lead Sebastian

Published by Christine Blachford

Hamilton equals pole positions record at Spa
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Lewis Hamilton never really looked troubled as he soared to pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, equalling the record held by Michael Schumacher for pole positions - 68. The qualifying session remained dry, but the conditions didn’t help Felipe Massa who has been having a difficult weekend. Both Williams drivers dropped out in Q1, and Massa also has a grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags in FP3.

Things were looking better over at Renault, as both drivers got into the top ten and Jolyon Palmer was running seventh in Q2. Unfortunately, the car developed a problem before he could complete his out lap in the top ten shoot-out, leaving him floundering. Fernando Alonso missed out on the final qualifying session thanks to yet another power loss situation.

Out front, Hamilton was on pole, with Vettel set to line up alongside him on the grid. Bottas and Räikkönen made it an all-Finn second row, finishing in that order, with the Red Bull drivers locking out fifth and sixth place.