HAMILTON SHATTERS SCHUMACHER’S RECORD WITH HIS 69TH POLE (PHOTOS)

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the qualifying session for Sunday's Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)


 

MONZA, Italy — Lewis Hamilton has claimed his 69th career pole position to break the Formula One record previously held by his childhood idol, Michael Schumacher.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain checks other drivers' timings as he sits in his car during a free practice ahead of the qualifying session for Sunday's Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)© The Associated Press Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain checks other drivers’ timings as he sits in his car during a free practice ahead of the qualifying session for Sunday’s Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy…

Maintaining his focus after a 2 1/2-hour rain delay at the Italian Grand Prix and in difficult, wet conditions on Saturday, Hamilton finished more than a second ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull.

Williams driver Felipe Massa of Brazil steers his car during a free practice ahead of the qualifying session for Sunday's Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)© The Associated Press Williams driver Felipe Massa of Brazil steers his car during a free practice ahead of the qualifying session for Sunday’s Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca…

Daniel Ricciardo in the other Red Bull qualified third, although both Red Bulls are taking grid penalties for engine changes.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany runs in the paddock after the third free practice at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. The Italian Formula one GP race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)© The Associated Press Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany runs in the paddock after the third free practice at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. The Italian Formula one GP race will be held on Sunday. (AP…

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waves to a cameraman outside the team box ahead of a qualifying session for Sunday's Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)© The Associated Press Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waves to a cameraman outside the team box ahead of a qualifying session for Sunday’s Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP…

It’s the fourth straight year that Hamilton will start first in Monza and it was the Mercedes driver’s sixth pole overall on the track, breaking another record held by Ayrton Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio.

A journalists approaches Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany outside the team box ahead of a qualifying session for Sunday's Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)© The Associated Press A journalists approaches Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany outside the team box ahead of a qualifying session for Sunday’s Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP…

TOP PHOTO: © The Associated Press Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the qualifying session for Sunday’s Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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