Hamilton's third Spa win helped him trim championship leader Vettel's advantage over him to seven points, with eight races left in what is shaping up to be a nail-biting finish. "I knew the record was on the horizon, and at some stage I would get the 68th pole".
Felipe Massa of Williams took no part in the session after crashing and damaging his auto on his opening lap in the first session on Friday, an accident he said was not attributable in any way to a dose of vertigo that sidelined him during last month's Hungarian Grand Prix.
"We know that they have a very good straight line speed, and in qualy mode at the start of the race, I obviously felt how strong they were up the hill on the start".
Hamilton responded by saying that it was a very special moment for him in his Formula 1 career.
"Because Niki has a chat over coffee with Sebastian down there and says, 'By the way what are you doing the next three years?' And Sebastian says, 'Well, I'm thinking about it.' They had a conversation".
On the 25th anniversary of Michael Schumacher's first Grand Prix win, Hamilton set about emulating the racing legend in style.
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Ramachandran in December 1987, the party split into two factions, one headed by Jayalalithaa and another by Janaki Ramachandran. Paneerselvam was welcomed by Walajabad B Ganesan, a senior functionary of Amma camp which was led by Palaniswami , with a shawl.
"I$3 never really had a chance, so maybe half a chance, quarter of a chance".
Mercedes were denied a one-two as Vettel sandwiched himself in between Hamilton and Bottas, who finished ahead of the German's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen. I am not entirely happy [about the restart], I was fearing that I was not close enough but I was too close. I love this team.
For now, though, fans of Ferrari actually winning this year can breathe easy and rejoice a bit. "Mentally I'm ready for whatever comes and the team have shown, particularly in the last race, just how unified we are".
"That helped. The pace has been good this weekend, I think, less for one lap, more so for long runs so let's see what we can do tomorrow".
"We made some good steps with the set-up right from the start of P1, which is a really encouraging way to kick off the weekend", Hamilton said.
"I'm just honoured to be up there with him in the poles but he will still be one of the greatest of all time". Overall I think the auto is there to do the job to go fast.