SILVERSTONE – Lewis Hamilton set a new track record at the British Grand Prix and clinched a record-extending 91st pole position on Saturday.
He needs five more wins to equal Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 91 GP victories. The defending champion is also odds-on to equal the F1 great's record of seven world titles. Hamilton leads the championship by five points from Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
He clocked a time of 1 minute 24.303 seconds at the Silverstone circuit to clinch his seventh career pole at the track where he has also won a record six times.
“This track is just awesome,” the 35-year-old Hamilton said. "There are gusts of wind in different parts of the circuit. It's like juggling balls when you're on a moving plate."
He was .313 seconds ahead of Bottas and about 1 second faster than Red Bull's Max Verstappen.
“There’s a real big gap between us and third place (but) Valtteri is pushing me right to the limit," Hamilton said.
Bottas showed good speed but ultimately fell a bit short in his bid for a 13th career pole.
“I started to drift a bit more than I wanted," he said. “Lewis found a bit more than I did, he did a really good job and he deserves the pole."