The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS driver Lewis Hamilton has just equaled Michael Schumacher’s pole record ahead of his 200th Grand Prix and has received congratulations from the Schumacher family at Spa Francorchamps. It was the 7-time world champion’s wife, Corinna Schumacher, the one who asked Ross Brown to congratulate the Brit.
Right on the racetrack, after getting the 68th pole of his career, Lewis Hamilton was greeted by the Formula 1 director Ross Brawn, the man who brought him to Mercedes in 2013.
“Just like Michael Schumacher said when he was competing, records are made to be broken”, Brawn told the Brit on the legendary racetrack, where the German had achieved his first ever victory. Both happy and emotional, Hamilton said he is praying for Michael. “I think and pray for Michael all the time. I’ve had the privilege of racing with him and always admired him and still do. I’m just honoured to be up there with him now in the poles, but he will still be one of the greatest of all time”, Hamilton replied.
The former driver has been recovering after his horror ski crash back in 2013, that caused severe brain damage. There are no news on his condition, but rumors have it that he is only occasionally conscious, yet unable to move and speak.
First on the grid in Spa, Hamilton will start ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas on the third spot and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel right behind him. The German has just signed a 3-year contract extension with Ferrari.