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Lewis Hamilton Sets New Record Qualifying Lap Time To Win Pole In Austin

Photo credit: Kurt Bradley
Photo credit: Kurt Bradley

World’s fastest selfie enthusiast and three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton just crushed the old qualifying lap record at Circuit of the Americas to win pole position for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.

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Hamilton laid down an incredible 1:34.999 lap time in his Mercedes F1 car, smashing the previous qualifying record of 1:35.657 set by Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull when the circuit was brand new in 2012. Circuit of the Americas is no longer as buttery smooth as it was in 2012, having grown several bumps over the years for drivers to manage, making these new lap records all the more impressive.

Hamilton will start in front alongside teammate Nico Rosberg, who also broke Vettel’s old record with a 1:35.215. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was the other driver who smashed Seb’s old record, laying down a 1:35.509 lap good for a third-place start.

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While Hamilton’s been dominant racing here, winning three of the four previous grands prix, this is surprisingly his first pole position at the track.

With all the major design changes coming next year in F1, who knows if Hamilton will get to keep this record for long.

Photo credit: Kurt Bradley
Photo credit: Kurt Bradley
Photo credit: Kurt Bradley
Photo credit: Kurt Bradley
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Photo credit: Kurt Bradley
Photo credit: Kurt Bradley

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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Hammer time for the win. Now we just need Vettel or Kyvat to wreck Rosberg.