IN WORDS: ‘Surreal’ to Equal Schumacher’s Pole Record – Lewis

IN WORDS: ‘Surreal’ to Equal Schumacher’s Pole Record – Lewis

Lewis Hamilton says it felt surreal equalling Michael Schumacher's record of 68 Formula One pole positions at Spa-Francorchamps.

'It's a special day, definitely'

Lewis scored his first pole in only sixth Grand Prix, back in Canada in 2007, and has added another 67 to his tally over the last 10 years driving for both McLaren and Mercedes.

F1 Sporting Chief Ross Brawn shared a congratulatory message from the Schumacher family with Lewis after the Brit achieved the feat on Saturday, adding: "Michael always said records are there to be beaten".

Lewis admitted he was incredibly proud and humbled to join Michael at the top of the all-time pole list.

"It's a special day, definitely," said Lewis. "To be honest, I knew it was on the horizon and I knew at some stage I'd be getting that 68th pole but I really hadn't thought about it very much.

'I feel very proud to be up there with him'

"I didn't apply pressure, I was like "it could come soon, it could take a long time", but now being there, it's an unusual place to be.

"I remember coming here in 1996, my first grand prix, and watching Michael come by out of Turn 1 and the engine just shook my rib cage - it was incredible. And that was when my love for the sport took another step.

"To think that God knows how long later I'm now equal to him on poles, it's very surreal and very much a humbling experience, particularly knowing that Michael is such a legend. It's an incredible feat that he achieved and I feel very proud to be up there with him."

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