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Hamilton equals Schumacher’s record with Belgian pole

Lewis Hamilton dominated Qualifying today in Spa Francochamps to take his 68th pole position of his career equaling seven times world champion, Michael Schumacher for the all time record of poles.

After looking like the second quickest Ferrari this weekend, Vettel pull a lap out of the bag right at the end to go second, preventing a Mercedes lock out on the front row.

The Finns, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen will line up on the second row ahead of the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

The battle over seventh would be one between Renault and Force India with both of each team’s cars getting through to the final session. Hulkenberg would go on to take honours and line up seventh ahead of Perez and Icon while Jolyon Palmer couldn’t prove his worth in Q3 as he came to a halt following a gearbox oil pressure issue.

Another man with problems was Fernando Alonso, after using his teammate as a tow down the Kemmel Straight, his Honda power unit gave up on him during the final sector of the lap meaning he will line up in 11th barring any penalties ahead of the Haas cars of Grosjean and Magnussen.

Sainz will line up 14th, Vandoorne who qualified 15th will start from the back due to a 65-place grid penalty because of Honda.

This would promote Felipe Massa to 15th, had he not crashed in yesterday’s practice session meaning he too has a grid drop, but only of five places.

This means that Kvyat, Stroll, Ericsson and Wehrlein will be promoted up two places each.

The 2017 Belgian Grand Prix gets underway at 12:00UTC tomorrow.

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