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F1: Lewis Hamilton breaks Michael Schumacher's record with 69th pole at Monza

F1: Lewis Hamilton breaks Michael Schumacher's record with 69th pole at Monza

It was a second consecutive success for Hamilton and a fourth in five races for Mercedes, but the three-time champion believes the pendulum could swing back in Ferrari's favour in Singapore on 17 September.

Under penalties imposed on the Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, the Quebec Lance Stroll will start alongside Hamilton on the first line. A mixture of good overtaking and a long first stint in a race where the majority of the field only pitted once, saw him make up the ground.

On Sunday, he'll become the youngest driver to start a race from the front row.

Hamilton showed little interest in taking part in the 2017 Pirelli mule car programme at the end of last year, in marked contrast to current title rival Sebastian Vettel.

Having dominated in Monaco, Ferrari are expected to be the team to beat at the next round in Singapore. "It was just a bad race".

The support has been amazing and, despite the numbers, the gap, you can name the negatives but I'm very, very positive right now, to be honest.

'At the moment you can maybe say Mercedes has an edge. We are the villains, but some days I am really happy to be the villain and I don't mind.

These have to be defined by December 1.

"I love it here in Italy and I love the passion of the fans".

"I think we just screwed up", Marchionne is quoted as telling RTL.

"Mercedes power is definitely better than Ferrari power".

Hamilton finished nearly five seconds ahead of Bottas while Vettel came third, more than half a minute behind.

Insisting that he is not at all worried about the team's future, the German further confirmed that it was the car setup which hampered his challenge at Monza.

The passionate Tifosi jeered Hamilton as he collected his winner's trophy, but the Brit, who finished 36 seconds clear of Vettel, was not fazed by the boos from the record Italian crowd.

Seven rounds remain in the 2017 Formula 1 season, giving Vettel plenty of opportunities to reclaim the championship lead.