Lewis Hamilton. (Reuters Photo)
BUDAPEST: Lewis Hamilton reached one other outstanding Formula One milestone on Saturday, all of the whereas protesting that he was not one for numbers, with extra in his sights on the highway forward.
The numbers definitely add up for the six occasions world champion, whose record-extending 90th profession pole on the Hungarian Grand Prix appeared to come back as one thing of a shock to the Mercedes driver.
“When I was driving into the pitlane and I saw 90 up there I didn’t… I completely forgot that I had 89 before,” the Briton instructed reporters.
“I’ve been living my dream since I’ve been in Formula One and… it just doesn’t seem real. What I have to remind myself is that every single weekend I still have to deliver. I cannot just show up.”
Hamilton’s qualifying file, like his dominant Mercedes automobile, is in a league of its personal.
The 35-year-old has achieved a pole in each considered one of his seasons within the sport, beginning in 2007, and no person else comes near his prowess.
In his personal phrases, 90 poles is a surreal quantity.
There are, after all, many extra races now than within the outdated days and it’s laborious and unfair to match eras however the subsequent man after him within the all-time lists is Ferrari nice Michael Schumacher on a ‘mere’ 68.
Brazilian triple world champion Ayrton Senna, Hamilton’s boyhood idol who died in 1994, took 65.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, a 4 occasions world champion, has the subsequent most by a nonetheless energetic driver, with 57.
Schumacher gained seven titles and 91 races, two massive information in Hamilton’s sights with the Mercedes ace now aiming for his 86th victory.
He and Schumacher already maintain the file for many poles in Hungary, seven, and Hamilton can equal the German’s file of most wins in the identical grand prix if he chalks up an eighth in Hungary on Sunday.