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Hamilton equals Schumacher's pole record

Formula One - Hungarian Grand Prix - Budapest, Hungary - July 27, 2017 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Formula One - Hungarian Grand Prix - Budapest, Hungary - July 27, 2017 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton equalled Formula One great Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68 pole positions on Saturday with a dominant performance in Belgian Grand Prix qualifying.

The Mercedes driver was fastest in every phase of qualifying to take pole with a time of one minute 42.553 seconds, a track record.

Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who is 14 points ahead of the Briton with nine races remaining, joined his title rival on the front row after pulling out a late flying lap of 1:42.795.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas qualified third for Mercedes with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fourth.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Clare Fallon)

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