Hamilton: ‘Surreal’ to take fifth Silverstone pole, match Clark’s record

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Lewis Hamilton found it “surreal” to have taken his fifth pole position for the British Grand Prix in qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday, matching Jim Clark’s 50-year-old record.

Hamilton produced a stunning final lap in Q3 to finish half a second clear of the field and score his 67th career pole, leaving him just one shy of all-time record holder Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton also tied Clark’s record standing from 1967 for the most British Grand Prix poles, marking an achievement that the three-time world champion found hard to comprehend.

“I can’t really explain in words just how good that pole feels. A fifth Silverstone pole, equal with Jim Clark, it just feels crazy to me – it’s surreal to be up there with these legends,” Hamilton said.

“I’m so happy with how this weekend has gone. We started on the right foot straight from FP1 and we’ve built up from there. I loved the conditions in Q1 – it’s tough but those changeable conditions are so much fun. Then it was all about pushing to the limit as the track dried out, extracting everything out of the car.

“Everything has just been so perfect and I knew it was a spectacular lap – I knew that had to be it. I feel like I’m driving the best I’ve ever driven, so I hope the results start to show that. It’s been super tight recently, so to end up with a gap of seven-tenths to the Ferraris is a nice surprise.

“The home support has been incredible and I’m so proud to take pole here again. It blows me away to see all of the flags. There’s nowhere else in the world where a driver gets this kind of love and support.”