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Lewis leading the way?

Steven LynchApril 9, 2014
Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix after taking pole © Getty Images
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I think I heard on the TV commentary that Lewis Hamilton had broken the record for the most pole positions by a British driver. Whose record was it, and how many non-Brits does he have to beat? asked Jordan Kent

Lewis Hamilton's second pole position of the season, in Malaysia, was the 33rd of his career - which actually equalled the record by a British driver, established by Jim Clark during the 1960s.

Clark's came from 73 races, Hamilton's from 131. Nigel Mansell is next among British drivers with 32 poles.

Only three drivers have sat on pole more often than Clark, Hamilton and Alain Prost (who also had 33). Sebastian Vettel has done it 45 times so far, but remains well behind Ayrton Senna (65) and the overall leader Michael Schumacher, who started from pole position on 68 occasions.

Schumacher should also have started on pole for a 69th time at Monaco in 2012 - he set the fastest lap in practice, but already knew he had incurred a five-place grid penalty at the previous race in Spain.

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