Lewis Hamilton broke the all-time record for pole positions by taking the 69th of his career with a sensational performance in wet qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix.

Only Michael Schumacher ( 91 ) has won more Grand Prix races than Lewis Hamilton ( 54 )

Lewis Hamilton himself looks pretty impressive in the little article directly below.

Date of birth: 7/1/85 Races started: 200 Pole positions: 69
Wins: 58 Podium places: 111 World titles: 3
2016 position: 2nd 2016 wins / podiums: 10/17 2016 best: 1st – 10 times

Lewis Hamilton was 1.148 seconds quicker than the Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in second place as title Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari who only manages eighth, But Vettel will start sixth because of penalties added where as Verstappen & team mate Daniel Ricciardo who only got 3rd place and Lance Stroll took a stunning 4th place then last of all the Williams driver Esteban Ocon took 4th in force India.Hamilton dominated a rain-soaked qualifying session at Monza in the north of Italy

Hamilton dominated a rain-soaked qualifying session at Monza in the north of Italy resulting in him being in pole which moves him one ahead of the Legendary Michael Schumacher and Lewis’s performance was worthy of such a momentous Achievement.the first session was stopped after just one lap for seven drivers and did not start again for more than two hours.

The first session qualifying session was stopped after just one lap for only seven drivers and did not start again for more than two hours but when qualifying did finally resume after the 2 hours and 40 minutes the track was still very wet.

Hamilton was a great contender at the front throughout the day leaving second in the first session to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and fastest in the second session from the Finn by more than 0.7secs.

Lewis saved the best until last. With the rain coming down harder again, the Red Bulls looked like they might be hard to beat but Hamilton pulled out a superb lap as the clock ticked down to zero to put it well beyond doubt.

“I am so happy,” Hamilton said. “To do this here in such a historic circuit and beautiful country, I am going to celebrate tonight with pasta.

Below is a quick list of the most pole positions in Formula 1,

Hamilton’s position at the front of the grid, with Vettel only sixth, gives him a great opportunity to take the outright championship lead for the first time this season.

He heads into the race seven points behind Vettel – the difference between first and second places – but has his team-mate Bottas, who will start fourth after qualifying sixth, as a buffer between him and Vettel.

Bottas was 2.279 seconds slower than Hamilton in the final session, underlining the quality of the Briton’s performance.

With dry weather expected for the race today and the pace Mercedes showed in similar conditions on Friday, Ferrari may find it difficult to beat Bottas.

Vettel has team-mate Kimi Raikkonen one place ahead of him on the grid.

Vettel said in an interview that he didn’t understand why the red cars lacked pace in the wet weather conditions where as Raikkonen was 2.433secs off Hamilton with Vettel just 0.077secs adrift of his team-mate.

Vettel said ” I was surprised by how quick the others went,” Vettel said. “We could not go the same pace, we don’t know why at this stage.

It was an important day; something did not come together. There are a couple of things we need to look into and try to understand.” but he was confident of recovering in the main race, then he went onto say “it should be more fun starting a bit further back” and “We can make up a lot of ground as his car was quick and the track has plenty of room for overtaking so things could turn out ok.

The two rising stars 2nd & 3rd place on the starting grid could make it hard for the Ferrari’s to pass with their cars not being as fast as the Ferrari’s and they won’t be too keen to surrender their positions to easily after yesterdays superb performance during the qualifying battle.

 

Ocon was already earmarked as a future star and he underlined his quality with accomplished driving in difficult conditions.

Stroll has had a more up-and-down rookie season – superb in taking a podium finish in Azerbaijan in June, but largely off the pace elsewhere.

But in the treacherous conditions of Monza in the wet, he excelled and left experienced team-mate Felipe Massa trailing five places and 1.219secs behind in ninth place.

“I’m going to have Stroll alongside and Ocon behind – wow, that’s awesome,” added Hamilton. “These young kids coming along and keeping me on my toes. It shows great promise for them.”

The final man in the top 10 is McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, also impressive in the wet conditions, which do not expose the lack of power of the Honda engine as much as the dry does.

Red Bull to drop back

Verstappen and Ricciardo will be at the back of the grid because of a series of engine penalties.

They will join McLaren’s Fernando Alonso back there as well as Renault drivers Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hulkenberg, and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, all suffering for the same reason.

Their exact order will be revealed by governing body the FIA ahead of the race.

FIA Formula 1 Driver Standings Before Todays Race at the

Italian Grand Prix.

Rank Driver Points
Last updated 27 August 2017 After Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
1     Sebastian Vettal 220
2     Lewis Hamilton 213
3     Valtteri Bottas 179
4     Daniel Ricciardo 132
5     Kimi Raikkonen 128
6     Max Verstappen 67
7     Sergio Perez 56
8     Esteban Ocon 47
9     Carlos Sainz Jr 36
10     Nico Hulkenberg 34
11     Felipe Massa 27
12     Romain Grosjean 24
13     Lance Stroll 18
14     Kevin Magnussen 11
15     Fernando Alonso 10
16     Pascal Wehrlein 5
17     Daniil Kvyat 4
18     Stoffel Vandoorne 1
19     Jolyon Palmer 0
20     Marcus Ericsson 0
21     Antonio Giovinazzi 0
22  Paul di Resta 0
23     Jenson Button

FIA Formula 1 Constructor Standings

Team Points
Last updated 27 August 2017 at 15:05
1 Mercedes 392
2 Ferrari 348
3 Red Bull 199
4 Force India 103
5 Williams 45
6 Toro Rosso 40
7 Haas F1 35
8 Renault 34
9 McLaren 11
10 Sauber 5

The points from both a team’s drivers are added together to give the constructors’ championship total.

Watch out for the results of today’s Italian Grand Prix.

The Results are in and it looks like Lewis Hamilton clinches the win today with a tremendous drive.

 

Italian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins to take title lead from Sebastian Vettel

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took the outright championship lead for the first time this season with a dominant victory in the Italian Grand Prix.

A day after breaking the all time record for pole positions, Lewis Hamilton was in total control at Monza, leading team-mate Valtteri Bottas to a one-two.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third and is three points behind Hamilton.

It is a crucial milestone for Hamilton as F1 next heads to Singapore, where Ferrari are expected to dominate.

The victory was Hamilton’s sixth of the season – Vettel has only four – and it capped a perfect weekend for him.

He scored a brilliant pole in treacherous wet conditions on Saturday – more than a second clear of the next fastest driver – to take his tally to 69, one more than Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher.

 

Hamilton’s victory was among the most straightforward of the season. He fought off a brief challenge from Williams driver Lance Stroll, a remarkable second on the grid, on the run down to the first corner and disappeared into a race of his own.

“The team did an amazing job. Valtteri did a great job. Mercedes power is better than Ferrari power so that’s one thing,” Hamilton said, as he was booed by the Tifosi during the podium interviews.

The fight was all behind him, as Bottas and the Ferrari drivers set about fighting up from their unusually low grid positions.

The Finn, who started sixth, was up to fourth on the first lap behind Hamilton, Force India’s Esteban Ocon, another star of qualifying, and Stroll, who dropped a place in a tussle at the first corner.

Bottas got Stroll into Turn One on lap three, Ocon in the same place a lap later, to give Mercedes total control of the race, which they never surrendered.

Vettel limited the damage to his title hopes as much as was possible in the circumstances, passing team-mate Kimi Raikkonen around the outside into the first Lesmo on lap three, Stroll a couple of laps later before picking off Ocon into Turn One on lap eight.

The German, though, was no match for the Mercedes at Ferrari’s home race – generally dropping at least half a second a lap – and his focus in the second part of the race became holding off Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian, who qualified third but started 16th after being given a grid penalty for using too many engine parts this season, put in a brilliant recovery from his lowly grid position.

He picked his way through the slower cars in the first part of the race, pulling off a series of his trademark aggressive overtaking moves, and ran a long first stint to give himself fresher tyres for the final stint than the Ferraris ahead of him.

Ricciardo dived brilliantly inside Raikkonen from a long way back at the first chicane with 12 laps to go and began to set off after Vettel, who was just over 11 seconds ahead.

Initially, he began to close at a second a lap, but as the edge went from his tyres, his advantage reduced and Vettel crossed the line four seconds ahead.

Vettel later told his team over the radio that he had gone off track at one point and felt “something was wrong” afterwards, explaining part of his lack of pace.

“My start was not so good – I had quite a lot of wheel spin and we didn’t quite have the pace of the leading two cars but seeing the people and having that support was amazing,” Vettel said afterwards.

“We have a very strong car and will have a very strong end of the season.”

Ricciardo’s team-mate Max Verstappen got up from 13th on the grid – also victim of a penalty after qualifying second in the wet – to be eighth on the first lap.

But he wrecked his race by tangling with Williams driver Felipe Massa on the second lap, damaging his front wing and getting a puncture and rejoined last.

Verstappen recovered to 10th place, incurring the anger of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, from whom he stole the final point when he moved over on him while overtaking the Dane at the second chicane and forced him on to the grass.

Stroll and Ocon inevitably slipped back behind faster cars from their superb starting positions, earned with starring drives in the wet.

But both drove solid and strong races to finish sixth and seventh, the Canadian fending off team-mate Felipe Massa for seventh place on the last lap, as the pair also fended off the second Force India of Sergio Perez.

The winner of today’s race even had time for a crafty selfie on the Monza Podium with an awesome grin ” Well Done ”

Formula 1 Standings ( Drivers )

Rank Driver Points
Last updated 3 September 2017 at 15:00
1  Lewis Hamilton 238
2  Sebastian Vettel 235
3  Valtteri Bottas 197
4  Daniel Ricciardo 144
5  Kimi Raikkonen 138
6  Max Verstappen 68
7  Sergio Perez 58
8 Esteban Ocon 55
9  Carlos Sainz jnr 36
10  Nico Hulkenberg 34
11  Felipe Massa 31
12  Lance Stroll 24
13  Romain Grosjean 24
14  Kevin Magnussen 11
15  Fernando Alonso 10
16  Pascal Wehrlein 5
17 Daniil Kvyat 4
18  Stoffel Vandoorne 1
19  Jolyon Palmer 0
20  Marcus Ericsson 0
21  Antonio Giovinazzi 0
22  Paul di Resta 0
23  Jenson Button 0

Formula 1 Standings ( Constructors )

Team Points
Last updated 3 September 2017 at 15:00
1 Mercedes 435
2 Ferrari 373
3 Red Bull 212
4 Force India 113
5 Williams 55
6 Toro Rosso 40
7 Haas F1 35
8 Renault 34
9 McLaren 11
10 Sauber 5

The points from both a team’s drivers are added together to give the constructors’ championship total.