A phenomenal lap in the third round of qualifying Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps rewarded Lewis Hamilton with a joint-record 68th pole position, tying him with Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.
The Mercedes driver earned his seventh pole of the season ahead of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, setting a track record with a lap time of one minute and 42.553 seconds.
Schumacher’s family congratulated Hamilton in a message to F1 motorsport managing director Ross Brawn.
“His wife Corinna said that Michael always believed records were there to be broken, and they want to offer their congratulations,” Brawn said, according to the BBC’s Andrew Benson.
Hamilton edged out Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and teammate Valtteri Bottas in the Ardennes.
“To be able to put a lap together like that is a dream,” Hamilton added. “I have the best job in the world. It’s a pleasure to be here.”