Lewis Hamilton takes career 57 ahead of Malaysia Grand Prix
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 1, 2016 Updated: 5:22 AM
Mercedes Driver Lewis Hamilton took his 57th career pole ahead of tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix. This puts Hamilton just eight poles shy of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna with 65.
“I’ve been here since last Saturday, so I’ve been able to prepare really well and I’ve been pretty quick all weekend. I’ve had incredible support ever since I arrived here in Malaysia from the people here – and from everyone else around the world too, as always. I want this just as badly as they do, so hopefully we’ll see it through tomorrow. It’s too soon to say how the race will go. When I’m on top of it like I have been this weekend, it generally goes my way on a Sunday. Let’s hope that pattern continues,” said Hamilton.
Nico Rosberg struggled in Q3 after losing the rear of his car in the final corner. Hamilton’s win tomorrow could help to close the gap his teammate, Rosberg has in the drivers' championship.
“Congrats to Lewis for the pole. He did a better job today. I was closer to him on my last lap but then I lost a couple of tenths in the last corner, which was a pity. I can be happy with a front row start as we have seen this year that there are some opportunities at the start and qualifying is not quite so important anymore – especially at a track like this where you can overtake,” said Rosberg.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished Q3 in a very strong third, just 0.156s off Rosberg, could be a factor in tomorrow’s race. Verstappen’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo denied Ferrari the second row, finishing fourth.
“We were pretty close to the Mercedes on the front row and I’m really enjoying the new surface here, the car is working very well on it. For both of us to be on the second row, in front of Ferrari, means we can be very pleased with today’s work,” said Verstappen.
Sebastian Vettel grabbed fifth for Scuderia ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen in six with the pair of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg for Force India taking seventh and eight.
The McLaren-Honda of Jenson Button finished qualifying ninth. While Williams Felipe Massa will start tomorrow’s race from tenth, his teammate, Valtteri Bottas will have to settle for 11th after a small lock up cost him qualifying in the top ten.
Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean took 12th ahead of his teammate Esteban Gutierrez 13th. Renault’s Kevin Magnussen crossed the finish line qualifying 14th, edging out Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz for Toro Rosso.
Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson will start Sunday’s race 17th after out qualifying his teammate Felipe Nasr. Jolyon Palmer takes 18th after failing to make it out of Q1.
The Manor’s of Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein will take 19th and 20th. McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso starts tomorrow’s race from the back of the grid after a series of upgrades and engine component changes, which added up to a 45 grid place penalty.