SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton equalled Formula One great Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 pole positions on Saturday with a dominant performance in Belgian Grand Prix qualifying.
The Mercedes driver was fastest in every phase of qualifying to take pole with a time of one minute 42.553 seconds, a track record.
Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who is 14 points ahead of the Briton with nine races remaining, joined his title rival on the front row after pulling out a late flying lap of 1:42.795.
Finland’s Valtteri Bottas qualified third for Mercedes with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Clare Fallon)