Hamilton ‘honored’ to match Senna, Fangio with 5th Monza pole

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Lewis Hamilton felt “honored” after matching Ayrton Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio’s record of five pole positions for the Italian Grand Prix during qualifying at Monza on Saturday.

Hamilton dominated all three stages of qualifying to capture his seventh pole position of the season, finishing almost half a second clear of Mercedes teammate and Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg.

The result saw Hamilton move alongside Senna and Fangio in the record books, both of whom claimed five pole positions at Monza through their careers.

“I was only made aware of that record as I came into this weekend, so of course that was in the back of my mind, hoping that it wouldn’t steer me off course,” Hamilton said.

“I feel incredibly proud and honored to be up amongst Senna and Juan Manuel. Incredible drivers and I never in a million years thought my name would be mentioned in the same sentence as them.”

Hamilton’s first effort in Q3 was good enough for pole, but he found yet more time on his second run with a stunning lap that lit up the timesheets.

“Particularly that last lap felt incredible. It’s such a great track, got such a great crowd,” Hamilton said.

“What this team has achieved is just phenomenal. We’re so fortunate to be driving for this team and representing them and driving a car as it was today.”

The Italian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.