Lewis Hamilton secured pole position in Qualifying for the 2014 Australian GP to bring his career total to 32. This equals Nigel Mansell’s record for a British driver to place him second in the all-time list, one behind Jim Clark.
Speaking after qualifying, Lewis said: “Today, it made it so much harder for everyone with the conditions. I’m really happy for the job the team did. You know these new cars are so much harder to drive in the wet and it was the first time for me driving in the wet, as I’m sure it was for a lot of people. A serious task and challenge today, but for both me and Nico to be up here is a great showing for the team”
“Nigel Mansell is one of the greatest British drivers we had and achieved so much. I’ve been racing since my eighth year so to be in Formula One now is like a dream come true. To get as many poles as him is an incredible achievement and I owe that to all the great people I’ve worked with through my career at McLaren-Mercedes and now MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, my family and the good people I have around me. I won’t be able to put in those laps without those people helping me. It was a team effort.”
The pole position also represented the 100th for Mercedes-Benz power in Formula One, a record dating back 60 years. The first record was claimed by Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 and has continued to the present day. As Lewis has always been part of the Mercedes-Benz family, his record of 32 represents almost a third of all pole positions that make up the total number.
Lewis commented: “I am very proud to have scored pole number 100 for Mercedes-Benz in Formula One. I have only driven with Mercedes power since my debut in 2007 and the whole Mercedes team has done an incredible job meeting the challenge of these new rules.”
The team is delighted to have achieved this milestone and will look to take advantage of the position to try and secure the 100th win for Mercedes-Benz power in Formula One; the next target in this incredible year of historic milestones.