BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

Hamilton takes pole in Belgium to equal Schumacher record

Lewis Hamilton will start the Belgian Grand Prix from the front of the grid after grabbing a record-equalling 68th career pole in qualifying on Saturday.

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Hamilton takes pole in Belgium to equal Schumacher record
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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton equalled Formula One great Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68 pole positions on Saturday with a dominant performance in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton on Belgian GP pole, Vettel starts second

The triple world champion was fastest in every phase of qualifying to take pole with a time of one minute 42.553 seconds, a track record.

Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who is 14 points ahead of the Briton with nine races remaining, joined his title rival on the front row after pulling out a late flying lap of 1:42.795.

Bottas and Raikkonen make up second row

Finland's Valtteri Bottas qualified third for Mercedes, while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fourth.

Spanish McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso will start from 11th, with compatriot Carlos Sainz Jr's Toro Rosso three places behind him.