Lewis Hamilton said it will take a while for him to come to terms with beating Michael Schumacher’s pole positions record.
“It’s very hard to find the word to explain how I feel,” said Hamilton after becoming the first F1 driver to achieve 69 pole positions in his career.
“I can’t believe that so much time has passed, so many great experiences, a lot of difficult times.”
It took over three hours to complete the qualifying session due to heavy rain.
“It was very difficult to see the lines and very easy to make mistakes,” said Hamilton.
“The second to last lap was OK at the beginning and then I backed out of it, hoping I’d get one more lap and there’s a lot of pressure for that last lap. There could have been a red flag, a yellow flag or something like that, so a lot to risk, but I gave it everything. It probably won’t sink in for a long time.”
Schumacher had held the pole positions record for the previous 11 years. Hamilton paid tribute to his “greatness” and “dreamt of one day doing what he’s doing”.
“We are, and I am, living proof that dreams are something that can come true. So I think it’s really cool for young kids to be watching today because it’s probably hard to imagine it but I was once going there, in their position and dreaming of doing what I’m doing today which they perhaps are and very proud for what we, as a family, have achieved.”