Spanish GP Qualifying: Lewis Hamilton edges Max Verstappen to claim 100th

By Matt Morlidge

Spanish GP Qualifying: Lewis Hamilton edges Max Verstappen to claim 100th

Spanish GP Qualifying: Lewis Hamilton edges Max Verstappen to claim 100th

Lewis Hamilton hit another historic Formula 1 milestone in Spanish GP qualifying after claiming his 100th pole position, with the seven-time champion just outpacing Max Verstappen in another thrilling and incredibly close battle between the 2021 title protagonists.

Fourteen years after his first pole, Hamilton hit a century on Saturday with a typically fast and error-free display in his Mercedes and won the Q3 battle against Red Bull’s Verstappen by the skin of his teeth.

Hamilton and Verstappen, whose fastest laps both came on their opening laps of the final shootout, were split by just 0.036s come the end of a gripping session.

Valtteri Bottas was close behind in third in the second Mercedes, just a tenth of a second off the 1:16.741 of his team-mate.

More to follow.

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