After taking his 100th pole position, at the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, we have compiled Hamilton’s 10 best Formula 1 poles. Scroll down to watch these epic towers from the Undisputed King of Qualifying.
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10. Great Britain 2007
With a Q3 first effort just good enough for P4, it looked like it wouldn’t be his day, but he channeled the energy from Lion Nigel Mansell, pushing his McLaren to the edge to snatch pole from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by more than a tenth of a second.
“And that’s why the world is talking about Lewis Hamilton. Pure genius, ”said the commentator. Indeed.
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9. Australia 2018
Hamilton already had provisional pole on his first flying lap, improving by four tenths in the only first sector in his second round. A perfect mix of precision and aggression gave him pole, purple in all three sectors to start, with a full 0.664s over Raikkonen.
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8. Abu Dhabi 2009
In the middle of Brawn’s fairy tale season, and with Red Bull on the rise, McLaren struggled, but in Abu Dhabi MP4-24 went well. This scintillating pole lap was achieved with Hamilton in driving form and he won his fourth pole of the year by a whopping 0.667s over Red Bull’s Sebsatian Vettel.
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7. Monaco 2015
In Q1 and Q2 Hamilton was behind Rosberg but the hammer came in Q3 when Rosberg blinked at St Devote and Hamilton managed to take his first pole in Monaco by more than three tenths.
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6. Great Britain 2018
His title rival, Sebastian Vettel, took the gauntlet in Q3 and it would take Hamilton a grand last lap to defeat him. A first sector saw Hamilton’s W09 pass through Maggots-Becketts like a fighter jet, and the marvelous ride ended in front of a raving crowd of local fans.
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5. Hungary 2012
Budapest’s tight corners threatened to send him sideways on points, but skillful opposing lock touches and an academic approach to the Hungaroring heights make him a magnificent one on board.
4. Italy 2017
Additionally, Hamilton made a record 69th pole position, surpassing Michael Schumacher’s record in the process.
3. Canada 2007
But on Saturday Hamilton was 0.036s ahead of Alonso in Q2 and, as the Spaniard was wide at turn 10 in Q3, Hamilton swept a majestic first pole position by a commanding 0.456s.
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2. Styria 2020
Although Verstappen exited the competition, Hamilton didn’t rest on his laurels and lit the sectors in purple, taking pole by a staggering 1.2 seconds with this incredible lap.
1. Singapore 2018
The Mercedes W09 car was apparently at odds with Singapore’s narrow, winding streets, and Hamilton nearly came out in the first quarter. But on his last flying effort, he produced a turn that left rivals spellbound.
Hamilton called it “magic”, Toto Wolff nicknamed it “stardust”. Whatever the superlative, we couldn’t agree more.