F1: Hamilton on the Pole, Breaks Schumacher’s Record
MercedesAMG’s lead shoe, Lewis Hamilton, owns the Pole position for F1’s 2017 Italian Grand Prix he was fastest in the rain Saturday at Monza.
Qualifying for Sunday’s race was met with torrential rain, causing the sessions to be delayed at Monza.
Mr. Hamilton’s success broke Michael Schumacher’s record at 68 for the most Pole positions in F1 history.
The F1 racing teams were forced to make fast decisions as weather conditions varied during qualifying, with pit crews reaching for the wets after choosing intermediate tires at 1st.
Dry lines were appearing across the track, Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) seemed struggled with their tactics and decision-making during the downpours.
Visibility dropped through Q-3 after Hamilton had claimed provisional Pole, and MercedesAMG brought in both of their cars.
The rain began to fall again, and Ferrari was off, with Sebastian Vettel running 8th quickest.
Mr. Vettel was upset as his car failed to meet the challenges of racing in the wet, and if the rain falls again Sunday, he could see his championship chances fade, the weather forecast is for Sunshine.
Max Verstappen put in a late flying lap to claim 2nd on the grid, displaying his versatility and pace during the dicey conditions. But was penalized and set back to 14th.
Lance Stroll, the teenage Williams sensation starts in 2nd spot, the youngest F1 driver ever to start a race in the front row.
The Ferraris start 5th and 6th at Monza, their home Grand Prix.
In front of the famously fanatical Tifosi, the Scuderia Team drivers, could not get track grip. All of the Ferrari top brass was on hand to see its cars get out-qualified by MercedesAMG teams with less than half the budget.
Hang on, it will be Sunny and dry Sunday, as the 2 Prancing Stallions race in front of their home crowd, so expect at least 1 of the Ferrari’s to make it onto the Podium
Date: Sunday, 3 September
Start Time: 1:00p BST/8:ooa EDT
TV Info: Sky Sports F1, NBCSN
Stay tuned, enjoy the racing from Monza, the Temple of Speed.
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