The title rivals are on the front row for the Spanish GP after just 0.036 seconds separating them in qualifying.
It was the 100th pole position of Hamilton’s career and a win today would give him his 97th victory. Former Hamilton McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso has praised the British driver’s achievements and believes he is only getting better.
“It won’t be the last, that number will only increase,” Alonso said. “I think it’s an incredible achievement that shows how good Lewis is, not only in a lap but also in a race situation. We see in the victories, in the podiums, in the championships. It’s not a surprise in a way. He’s been dominating the sport for a few years now and he’s getting better and better every time. “
Hamilton has four consecutive wins at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but Verstappen and Red Bull will be desperate to prevent the seven-time world champion from making five.
“It’s a long race to turn 1 and a good start is key,” said Verstappen, who is eight points ahead of Hamilton in the drivers’ standings. “The pace is there, so I hope we can have a good race. We know they’re hard to beat here, but for being this close I can be happy with that. “
Elsewhere, Sergio Perez could be up for another tough race after revealing his left shoulder sore during qualifying.
“I didn’t feel 100% with myself today,” he said. “I had a little problem with my shoulder during qualifying, and I just felt bad throughout qualifying. It only got worse as qualifying developed, and I struggled with that a bit more. “
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