Will Lewis Hamilton make it to 100 poles before he retires?
The British ace took pole No. 71 in Japan on Saturday
Lewis Hamilton took his 71st pole position on Saturday after he smashed the qualifying track record at the Suzuka circuit, previously set by Michael Schumacher in 2006.
Incredibly, it is the first time qualifying-master Hamilton has been on pole at Suzuka in his ten-year Formula 1 career.
It means three-time world champion Hamilton is now on a record 71 pole positions - three more than previous record holder Schumacher.
It is an incredible record - but just how much better can it get?
Sky Sports F1 recently wrote an excellent analysis on the chances of Hamilton breaking Schumacher's amazing record of 91 grand prix wins:
NOW UP TO 60 CAREER WINS, WHAT CHANCE IS THERE OF HAMILTON OVERHAULING ONE OF F1'S MOST FORMIDABLE RECORDS IN THE YEARS AHEAD?
But here's another question: with 71 poles under his belt already, could Lewis actually get his ton and become the first driver ever to reach 100 pole positions?
His record over the last three years reads: 2014: seven poles, 2015: 11, 2016: 12. That's an average of ten per season.
And this season he already has ten, with four more still up for grabs, meaning he could end up on 75 before the year is out.
Of course, he has enjoyed a significant car advantage over the past three seasons - but against that, he has been up against Nico Rosberg who, in that period, took 26 poles. By contrast, his new Merc team-mate Valtteri Bottas has taken just two poles this term.
So if, and it's a big if, Mercedes can keep delivering him the machinery, Lewis could hit 100 poles before the end of the 2020 season - assuming he stays that long.
What do you think? Will he do it?
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